A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has reintroduced a bill that would provide grants to support partnerships between two-year colleges and work-force boards, industry groups and nonprofit organizations. The grants would be directed toward underemployed and unemployed people and would be designed to strengthen job training and career pathways with support for housing, mental and substance use disorder treatment, health insurance coverage, career counseling, childcare, transportation, and guidance in accessing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The senators are pushing for the bill to be included in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
“As I travel across New Hampshire, the top issue I hear about from innovative businesses is the need for more highly skilled workers,” Senator Maggie Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat, said in a written statement. “The bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act will help strengthen job training to meet the needs of our businesses and remove barriers that keep too many people from participating or staying in the work force. I am encouraged that there is bipartisan support for this legislation, and I’ll keep working across party lines to pass this bill so that hardworking people and businesses have the opportunity to thrive.”