How the American Jobs Act Benefits Higher Education

Student Group OutsideAs we previously reported, President Barack Obama presented his American Jobs Act to Congress for approval last week. The speech was simply an overview of how more people would be put back to work, primarily in public jobs, as a result of this legislation.

Now that a few days have passed and President Obama has had more time to get into the details, we’re learning more about how the American Jobs Act will directly benefit higher education. The primary focus seems to be funding going towards community colleges – this is where a lot of Americans are pursuing higher education as a result of the financial crisis.

According to the official White House fact sheet, the goal is to renovate community colleges throughout the country so they will be properly prepared to train a 21st century workforce. Community colleges are the gateway to the major universities, so it is important that they produce a well-equipped student body. The White House also mentions that the president’s plan “proposes $5 billion of investments for facilities modernization needs at community colleges.”

Learn more about community colleges.

As more information from the American Jobs Act is released, we’ll provide updates. Meanwhile, share your thoughts in the comments section below.

3 responses to “How the American Jobs Act Benefits Higher Education

  1. As a Realtor, I’m skeptical about new programs from DC, but am always hopeful. I like the fact they are looking at the whole picture, including higher education on a local level.

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  4. Ivy Tech, a local community college in Indianapolis, has grown dramatically throughout the state of Indiana. They have been the recipient of a lot of Indiana state funding. I’m not sure about federal funding as yet.

    They are responsible for a lot of associate degrees in Indiana, but have had some challenges with their four year degrees due, in part, to many students transferring to other schools after two years affecting their four year graduation rate.

    Hopefully, this program will help them and other community colleges our our state prepare more people for our workforce.

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