Per Scholas Strongly Supports the Expanding Pathways to Employment Act

On July 1, U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ) and U.S. Representative David McKinely (WV) introduced the “Expanding Pathways to Employment” Act, legislation aimed at helping workers access good-paying jobs by supporting proven workforce development programs.

The bill, which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, was created to establish a fund to provide grants for the operation and expansion of evidence-based workforce development and post-secondary education programs.  Such programs, which Per Scholas falls under, will connect individuals to higher-paying jobs and promote economic growth in underrepresented communities.  

As the bill was introduced, Per Scholas President & CEO Plinio Ayala reflected, “If we don’t intentionally focus on an equitable recovery as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m concerned that America’s opportunity gap will only continue to grow, especially for communities of color. We have a tremendous opportunity before us, especially with this federal legislation championed by Rep. Sherrill (NJ), to ensure that America builds back better – and in an inclusive way.”

He continued, “That’s why I’m continuing to call on our elected leaders to direct resources to proven workforce development models, like ours, that are aligned with employer demand and high-growth career pathways. Now is the time to ensure a thriving wage for Americans coast to coast and in every community in between.”

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