The IAM is joining the Workforce Alliance to help pass the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, HR 3221. This legislation will provide community colleges and the broader workforce development system with the necessary resources to provide much-needed job training and related services to millions of U.S. workers. The act incorporates President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative, announced last July, which calls for significant investments in innovative community college programs aimed at helping more Americans receive a postsecondary degree, certificate, or industry-recognized credential. President Obama is calling for five million new college graduates by 2020 – the highest graduation rate in the world. A highly-skilled workforce will help put the country on the road to economic recovery.
The House just passed the bill, and now the action moves to the Senate. Members can help working families upgrade their skills by sending a letter to your Senators demanding they strengthen and support the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 right now.