Take Action to Save Job Training and Placement Programs

Action Requested:

Please call Massachusetts’ two Senators this week to express your support for job training and placement programs, and to save these programs from cuts that would effectively put an end to these programs in Massachusetts.

  • Senator Brown: 617-565-3170
  • Senator Kerry: 617-565-8519

Background:

On February 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution (CR) that cuts nearly $3.8 billion in federal funding for job training and placement programs.

Current federal funding for these programs expires on March 4, 2011, and without the passage of a continuing resolution by both the House and Senate, many programs will immediately close for the remainder of the FY2011 federal fiscal year.

Please call Massachusetts’ two Senators in their district offices this week, as the Senate will consider the CR when they return from recess on February 28.

Here’s what’s at stake in Massachusetts if the House cuts stand, or if the Senate and House cannot agree on a CR by March 4:

  • Immediate closing of most career centers across the Commonwealth, which served over 200,000 people and more than 12,000 businesses in Massachusetts last year alone.
  • Cessation of all Workforce Investment Act-funded training programs and vouchers
  • Cessation of many adult education, GED. career exploration and youth employment programs, which are supported by the Workforce Investment Act

Federally-funded Youthbuild, green jobs programs, ex-offender re-entry programs, and dislocated worker programs would also be eliminated.  The House cuts also reduce the maximum eligible Pell Grant from the current $5,550 to $4,705.

Please call Senators Scott Brown and John Kerry today and urge them to oppose the nearly $3.8 billion in workforce cuts under the CR.  If these cuts are allowed to stand it would effectively destroy the public workforce system that provides critical services for businesses and individuals in the Commonwealth.

It’s especially important for our elected officials to hear directly from those businesses and individuals who have personally benefited from job training and/or placement services.

Please call today.  Thank you for all you do.

  • Senator Brown: 617-565-3170
  • Senator Kerry: 617-565-8519

Read more on the impact of these cuts at www.nationalskillscoalition.org and see the complete list of cuts to all federal agencies and programs posted on the web site for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Washington Policy Update

Interested in what’s happening at the federal level in terms of promoting middle-skill jobs and training?  SkillWorks: Partners for a Productive Workforce is a member of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, which recently posted a policy update on its blog focused on:

  • Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization–including what’s been proposed that will support greater sector-based training, career pathways, and increased focus on credential attainment.
  • The Community College and Career Training Grant program focused on improving instruction for adult learners–grant solicitation announcement due to be released within the next week
  • FY2011 Appropriations and Innovation Grants update

Read the entire post here:  http://www.nfwsolutions.org/blog/washington-policy-roundup