Jobs & Education
Folks in the Central Valley know how to work hard. However, the deck is stacked against us in Washington and Sacramento causing us to – have an unemployment rate twice the national average.
As a former businessman, I know what it takes to grow a business from a couple of guys in a garage to a company with hundreds of employees. I’m using this experience to bring more good-paying jobs and more opportunity to the Central Valley. We have to attract top job opportunities to the Valley – and that starts by making sure our community has the in-demand skills to match what employers need. That’s why I fought to serve you on the Education and Labor Committee and am focused on building stronger apprenticeship and vocational programs to get folks the skills they need for good-paying jobs.
You used to be able to support a family and send your kids to school all on one salary. Not anymore. The Middle Class is being squeezed, and it’s harder than it’s been in decades for folks to get ahead. We have an amazing workforce ready to work hard – we just need the resources and skills to bring those good jobs to the Valley. That’s why I’m focused on making the Central Valley the best place to raise a family and do business.
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Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is finishing the most effective week yet of his first year in Congress. This week Rep. Harder passed a legislative provision through the House and five more pieces of legislation through three different committees. Each of the bills which passed committee this week is expected to pass the House in the coming months. More than 90% percent of bills introduced this Congress have not cleared the committee milestone.
Bill Expected to Pass House in Coming Months
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, secured huge wins in a final comprehensive higher education bill, which passed the committee today. Congress is supposed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of all federal education programs every four years – but has not done so since 2008. Rep. Harder worked to include two original bills he authored in addition to several provisions he wrote or led alongside his Republican colleagues.
First Bipartisan Immigration Bill Introduced in House in Decades
WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Susan Davis (CA-53) are commending efforts by Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) to get answers from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos regarding her department’s violation of a court order. Last week, a federal judge held Secretary DeVos in contempt of court for continuing to collect student loan payments from students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, which operated campuses in California, Oregon, and Hawaii.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is encouraging students to submit their original apps for the Congressional App Challenge in advance of the submission deadline on November 1st. The competition is an opportunity for students interested in computer science, technology, and coding to compete on a national stage by developing an original software application. Winners of the challenge are invited to attend a reception honoring their achievement in Washington, D.C., win $250 in Amazon Web Services Credits, and are eligible to have their apps displayed at the U.S.
Sixty-Three Percent of Students in Harder’s District Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
WASHINGTON – As part of his continued effort to bring more jobs to the Central Valley, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced the bipartisan, bicameral Youth Workforce Readiness Act. The bill would provide funding for hands-on skills education at after-school programs for students starting in elementary school. Forty-one percent of students express concerns about whether they will have the skills they need to find a job upon graduation.
Harder Worked to Ensure Development Program Was Funded after Trump Administration Proposed Its Total Elimination
One in Six Students at Stan State Juggle Parenting, Academic Responsibilities
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced a federal investment of $273,266.00 to allow California State University, Stanislaus to quadruple the size of its Child Development Center (CDC), allowing more student parents to earn their degrees while parenting. The investment, through the Department of Education’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program, will allow the CDC to expand from its current capacity of 30 children to 120.
WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) will host a Youth Town Hall specifically aimed at giving high school students a chance to voice their opinions. As a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Harder hopes to hear directly from students on what he can do to advocate for them in Congress. Harder’s Central Valley district is one of the youngest in the country, with 27 percent of his constituents under the age of 18. Due to the high proportion of young people, the Central Valley is one of the fastest-growing areas in California.