Policy Areas

College Aid for Current Workers

Our businesses are held back by a skills gap – there aren’t enough workers trained with the skills employers need to fill in order to thrive. Education can help bridge the skills gap, but tuition assistance is often out of reach for part-time students, students enrolled in non-credit vocational classes or short-term credential programs at local community colleges. Most federal tuition assistance is oriented toward “traditional” college students and not career-oriented working adults. That means not only is there a real mismatch between need and availability of tuition assistance, but we aren’t investing in education that’s tied to the job market.

Working people and businesses should be able to access the skills that drive economic growth. That’s why BLU supports efforts to tie education and training to labor market demand and employer-relevant skill needs. Key efforts include making education and workforce data available to students and employers and making tuition assistance (including access to Pell Grants) more job driven.