Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announced he is sponsoring the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act of 2011 that will support career pathways for adult learners.
"This bill is vital when it comes to future growth in our economy. It will reform and increase investment in job training, adult education, and other programs needed to build a 21st century workforce," said Rep. Hinojosa.
The AEEG Act will make significant changes to adult education and training by:
* Encouraging investment and in lower skilled workers by providing a tax credit for employers who invest in their employee's education;
* Ensuring at least ten percent of state funding is used for corrections education programs;
* Supporting career pathways for adult learners;
* Increasing funding for adult education to provide additional support for state and local authorities; and
* Incentivizing states and local service providers to increase their use of technology and provide the training necessary for adults to be technology-literate.
"I believe the AEEG Act of 2011 brings us closer to the President's goal of ensuring that five million more Americans graduate from community colleges by 2020, and updating curricula to keep pace with the skills needed in today's workforce," said Rep. Hinojosa. "As a result, the bill will inevitably increase the number of adults with a high school diploma and the number of high school graduates who go on to college, and update and expand the job skills of the U.S. workforce."
According to Georgetown University's Center for Education and the Workforce, in 1973, 28% of jobs required postsecondary education. By 2007, that number climbed to 59%. As wages for postsecondary educated workers rise, American workers without postsecondary education drop out of the middle class.
"If we are to remain competitive in the global economy, we must invest in high quality adult education and workforce training programs that lead to family-sustaining jobs in careers with the promise of advancement and postsecondary education," said Rep. Hinojosa. "Education and training will keep America's economy on the rise."