Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) have introduced the Community College to Career Fund Act. This bill will create a competitive grant program that will fund partnerships between two year colleges and businesses to train Americans to fill the growing skills gap.
Every day, we see the positive benefits that come from successful collaboration between a business and a community college. These partnerships focus on job training skills we know work such as registered apprenticeships, on-the-job training opportunities, and paid internships for low-income students that allow them simultaneously to earn credit for work-based learning. For example, Accumold partnered with Opportunity Nation Higher Education Council member Des Moines Area Community College to create the Accumold Scholars Program. This scholarship covers tuition costs and offers students the opportunity to work part-time through Accumold’s earn and learn program. Graduates of the program qualify for a position at Accumold, a leading employer in Iowa.