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Have you thought about a career change?

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Washington, D.C., October 19, 2019 | comments

Dear Neighbor,

Did you know there are currently more job openings than there are Americans looking for work?

Employers are in search of more qualified workers and there are untapped opportunities.

We need to start encouraging people to get the skills they needed to fill the good paying jobs employers are desperate to fill. 

Currently, needs-based Federal Pell Grants are only available to students who enroll in a program of study that requires at least 600 clock hours of instruction over 15 weeks. 

This is why we are cosponsoring the bipartisan JOBS Act to bridge our country‚Äôs skills gap by extending Pell Grant eligibility to qualified programs that are between 150 and 600 clock hours and at least eight weeks in length. 

Programs must certify that the training provided by the program is aligned with the requirements of high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand industries in the state or local area and the student will have the credentials that are recognized by the industry. 

We will always support programs that will help develop our workforce and end the stigma around certain industries.

Until next time, 

Tom
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