AUSTIN, Texas – Community colleges offering learning programs are poised to get a $ 12 billion boost with President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.
In Congress, members of both sides have expressed support for funding guidance for community-based learning programs, which are typically used to train workers in the workplace, allowing a person earning wages while also taking courses.
Taylor White, national director of the New America Nonprofit Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship, said apprenticeships are no longer just for people working in construction, but for those who want to work in cybersecurity, business or health.
“So apprenticeships have a very long history, in this country and around the world, of being the preferred training option for specialized trades,” White said. “It’s work that you do with your hands, so you have to learn that in a workplace where you really gain experience doing the work.”
Even before Biden’s commitment to supporting community-based learning, the Brookings Institution urged the U.S. to expand and update its learning offerings as the country recovers from COVID-19.
Most jobs in the United States now require education beyond high school, but in many states, only about half of adults have the necessary schooling.
The pandemic hampered the ability of most college students to attend face-to-face classes. White said this has led many to want more than a bachelor’s degree, but are unwilling to commit to a four-year degree to seek community colleges.
He said learning as an educational model can lead to a higher wage life.
“But they can also be somehow for people a safer starting point than immersing themselves in a four-year degree that’s far from home,” White said, “which can be a little hard to commit to, both economically and remotely. wise “.
The initial pay for jobs available to those who have done apprenticeship often pays between $ 15 and $ 20 more per hour than the minimum wage.
The Lumina Foundation supported this information.
Source: Texas News Service