Published On: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018

Gateway to Careers Act Op-Ed


For the fourth year in a row, New Hampshire was ranked the strongest state in the nation based on more than a dozen measures of the economy, public safety, and quality of life.

That sustained ranking is reflective of Senator Hassan’s ongoing commitment to increasing opportunities for hard-working families — she made it a top priority as Governor, and has continued to do so as Senator.

Last week, she penned a timely Op-Ed for New Hampshire’s Union Leader outlining new legislation she introduced to support those who are un- or underemployed by strengthening job training programs and removing hurdles that prevent people from completing degree or credential programs and getting ahead in the workforce.

Here’s an excerpt:

In today’s economy, roughly 80 percent of jobs in the United States require some type of postsecondary education or training. As the economy changes rapidly, individuals may not have the skills and supports they need to enter — and remain — in the workforce. In a country where everyone who works hard should have the opportunity to succeed, we need to make sure that people are equipped with the skills and supports they need to thrive in our changing economy.

That’s why I am introducing the Gateway to Careers Act to help expand economic opportunity for all of our people by helping strengthen our workforce so that our innovative businesses have the workers they need to continue to grow. This act would support career pathway strategies, which combine work, education, and support services, to help individuals earn industry-recognized credentials, and get a leg up on their futures.

The bill would provide grants to support partnerships like those between community colleges and workforce development organizations or business associations. These partnerships would help individuals who are unemployed or underemployed get the job training they need to enter the workforce or move into higher-paying jobs.

We hope that you’ll take five minutes and read the Op-Ed in its entirety.

Senator Hassan has long been a fighter for ensuring that everyone has a fair shot at getting ahead and staying ahead, and all of us on Team Maggie stand with her in the fight for a forward-looking approach to ensuring that Americans are equipped to succeed in our changing economy.

Thanks for reading,

Team Maggie



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