CHANTILLY, Va. (WDVM) — Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and U.S Representative Abigail Spanberger discuss legislation that will support students and work-access training for in-demand career fields.
“Jumpstart Our Business by Supporting Students (Jobs Act)” is the name of the reintroduced legislation. The goal is to help close the skills gap so workers can afford job training and credentials that are essential in today’s job market. Also The bill would expand the Pell Grant to allow for more job training programs to be eligible.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said,
“It takes the Pell grant program which is a remarkable program that offers grants to students and their families if they income qualify, so they can use grants to pay for college education. It expands Pell grant eligibility to also allow those grants to be used at high quality career and technical programs.”
According to officials ensuring students have access to a variety of postsecondary programs has become even more critical in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of the end of 2020, more than 10 million Americans were unemployed, and 3.7 million of those individuals have suffered permanent job loss according to Kaine. These workers will need access to postsecondary education and training to reskill and reenter the workforce.