**We need your help today! Please call your representatives and senators and ask them to co-sponsor the Middle Skills Solutions Act!**
On Friday, January 21, Senator Kenneth Donnelly and Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera filed the Middle-Skills Solutions Act in the Massachusetts Senate (Docket #1547) and House (Docket #3180).
The recommendations in this bill, which SkillWorks, the Workforce Solutions Group, and some of our allies from the business, philanthropic, workforce and education communities worked on together, are a good first step toward addressing some of the barriers that keep adults from making progress toward credentials and degrees, and hence middle-skill jobs.
The Middle-Skills Solutions Act:
- Establishes a Middle Skills Council to provide recommendations on how to better align adult basic education with post-secondary education and training in order increase the number of adults with middle-skill credentials and jobs.
- Requires regional coordination between employers and training providers, including community colleges, in order to increase collaboration and reduce duplication and inefficiencies in our training systems; and
- Establishes Regional Skills Academies to spur innovation within our community colleges that speeds credential attainment by lower-income, lower-skilled adults seeking career and wage advancement
We hope you’ll join us in supporting the passage of this bill. We need your help in getting senators and representatives to sign on as bill co-sponsors before the deadline of Friday, February 4.
Please call your state representatives and senators today and ask them to co-sponsor the Middle-Skills Solutions Act (Senate 1547, House 3180).