In July 2019, Opportunity America hosted two Capitol Hill briefings on short, job-focused education and training programs offered by community colleges in partnership with employers – the kind of program that could become eligible for Pell Grant funding under legislation pending in the House and Senate.
On the panel: a community college administrator, a state education official, an employer, a student and a policy expert.
The first briefing, for House staffers, was sponsored by Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Cedric Richmond (D-LA). It was followed by a second session on the Senate side sponsored by the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus. Opportunity America president Tamar Jacoby moderated both discussions.