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Higher Education
Press Release
Monday, November 19, 2018

ACC President, business leaders urge lawmakers to close the skills gap and invest in strategies that develop a pipeline of skilled, trained workers that meets the demand of growing industries. 

Alvin Community College President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht joined local business leaders and partners from fifteen states in Washington D.C. on November 14-16  to speak with Senators and Representatives, including leadership on the Senate and House education and workforce committees, to discuss the critical role that small- and medium- sized businesses should play as Congress develops and modernizes education and workforce policies. 

The visit was part of the Business Leaders United Fly-In with the National Council for Workforce Education. Dr. Albrecht was joined with Memorial Hermann Director of Government Relations Ashlea Quinonez and INEOS Workforce Development Manager David King. 

Albrecht, King and Quinonez met with U.S. representatives Pete Olson and Randy Weber (who is an ACC alum) to discuss issues facing workforce education. They also met with representatives from the offices of senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. 

They discussed the need for Congress to modernize the Higher Education Act so it better supports today’s students who often work, go to school part time, and aren’t necessarily earning four-year degrees. They asked that Pell Grants be extended to career-oriented students taking short-term programs that quickly lead to better-paying jobs in in-demand field, and to make postsecondary outcomes data easier for students and businesses to access  

They also asked Congress to invest in collaborations between businesses and community colleges known as “sector partnerships” – a proven strategy for building a pipeline of qualified, trained employees.  

“Congress passed the Perkins Act this year and it is a much-needed investment in career and technical education,” Albrecht said. “But there are other things that Congress can do close the skills gap and make it easier for businesses to find trained, skilled workers. Our country should support workers who want to obtain the education and training they need to enter growing fields like manufacturing, oil and gas and health care. And we should support partnerships between colleges and businesses that working together to build a pipeline of workers with in-demand skills.”

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