Washington Watch: House Bill Includes $2B Community College Program

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott on Friday introduced the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act (RAWA), which would authorize $15 billion for several workforce development programs and provides them with additional flexibility to address the pandemic.

The bill would create a new $2 billion Community College and Industry Partnership Grants (CCIP) program that is modeled after the successful Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants program, which was passed during the previous recession to spur workforce and economic development around various industry sectors across the country.

Establishing such a program is a major component of the American Association of Community Colleges‘ (AACC) priorities for the next coronavirus stimulus bill.

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