Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In a publication directed to DC decision-makers, VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois makes the case for extending federal Pell Grants to students enrolled in short-term workforce credential programs.

DuBois, along with his counterparts from Wisconsin and Louisiana, co-authored the column, “Community college students are changing — it’s time for financial aid policies to change, too” published in The Hill June 13.

“No longer can we pretend that postsecondary students are 18-to-24-year-olds who enter and finish a degree at one institution. Instead, and increasingly, these students are adult learners who are disproportionately African American and Latino, women and first-generation college students. They are ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed.”

Publication of the column comes fresh on the heels of DuBois’s testimony May 22 to the U.S. House Sub-committee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, when he argued that making workforce training more affordable would “unleash an incredible engine of economic mobility.”

DuBois co-wrote the column with Dr. Morna K. Foy, President of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), and Dr. Monty Sullivan, System President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS).

DuBois, Foy, Sullivan are board members of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a coalition of community colleges and systems dedicated to promoting student success and advancing the role that community and technical colleges play in that success.

The column continues, “it’s vital that ALICE students have access to higher education in order to participate in the increasingly competitive global economy. …That’s why it’s time for the policies around a key source of dollars – Federal financial aid – to change, too.”'

Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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