Rep. Delgado Introduces Legislation to Close the Skills Gap and Support Technical Training in Community Colleges and CTE Programs

February 6, 2020
Press Release
Gateway to Careers Act would provide funding for needed social services that assist students as they prepare to join the workforce

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) joined Rep. Alma Adams, PhD (NC-12) in introducing the Gateway to Careers Act in the House. This legislation will create a career pathway grant program that would fund partnerships between community or technical colleges and workforce development partners such as state workforce development boards, industry associations, and community-based organizations. These programs would support services including child care, opioid addiction, transportation, and other supports for community college and career and technical education (CTE) students.

“It is imperative that our young people have the skills needed for technical education to fill jobs and grow our upstate economy. However, the need for social services including child care, health care coverage, and transportation—urgent needs in our rural communities—too often force young people out of these valuable training programs.” Delgado continued, “the Gateway to Careers Act will help to infuse workforce development programs with social services to help individuals find and keep jobs. Enabling more students to access career pathway programs and ensuring every young person has the skills needed to make it in America is vital for the future of our economy.”

“An increasing number of jobs in the U.S. require some type of postsecondary education or training, but we’re not doing enough to make sure that our workforce is ready for these jobs,” said Rep. Adams. “Structural barriers like housing, food insecurity, childcare, and transportation exclude many skilled people – disproportionately women – from our nation’s in-demand workforce. I introduced the Gateway to Careers Act today to provide more people with a pathway to their highest, best purpose in work and in life.”

The Gateway to Careers Act would strengthen job training by supporting workforce programs at community and technical colleges. It will remove barriers that prevent people from entering or remaining in the workforce by connecting them to the services they need to qualify for 21st century jobs. The Gateway to Careers Act would address this challenge by supporting career pathways strategies, which combine work, education, and support services to help individuals earn industry-recognized credentials.