Some of the most innovative and effective career education available today is at community colleges, and programs are often shorter than a semester – just long enough to learn the skills needed to get a job or a better job. Yet under current law, students enrolled in shorter programs are ineligible for Pell Grants.

A new Opportunity America report investigates eight short-term, job-focused programs of the kind that could become eligible for Pell Grant funding if legislation under consideration in Congress – the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act – were to be included in a reauthorized Higher Education Act.

OPPORTUNITY AMERICA
Report An unknown landscape: Short-term job-focused college programs June 2019
Spotlight on Poverty Q&A The untapped potential of community college career education 8-7-19

LEGISLATION
JOBS Act
JOBS Act summary

RESOURCES
Inside Higher Ed Senators reintroduce transparency act
National Skills Coalition JOBS Act summary
Progressive Policy Institute JOBS Act policy brief
JOBS Act coalition of the willing letter on JOBS Act and Pell Flexibility act