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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September 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Susan Brooks (IN-05) introduced the E-BOOK Act to help college students save money on textbooks by encouraging the use of low-cost or free digital course materials in higher education. 

September 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), alongside Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16), John Garamendi (CA-03), and TJ Cox, (CA-21) released the following statement in advance of Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto of SB1. 

September 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) today introduced legislation to address the growing crisis of food insecurity among college students. The Enhanced Access to SNAP (EATS) Act would amend the Food and Nutrition Act to include “attending an institution of higher education” as a form of qualification, expanding SNAP eligibility to millions of college students experiencing hunger. Rep.

August 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) slammed the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for its incompetence in handling a local request for investment which would bring an estimated 2,000 jobs to the Central Valley. Aemetis Technologies is planning to open a new manufacturing facility in Riverbank but is reliant on foreign investments to afford initial construction. USCIS is required to approve such applications, but the agency appears to have lost paperwork and ultimately denied approval of the application without explanation. Rep.

August 28, 2019 Press Release

Students Are Encouraged to Register by September 10th; Submissions Due November 1st

August 26, 2019 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Next week, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) will host an information session to assist students interested in attending a military academy. Applications are due on October 31st, but Rep. Harder encourages students to attend the info session and apply early. Every academy besides the U.S. Coast Guard Academy requires a Congressional nomination.

August 20, 2019 Press Release

Turlock, CA - Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest $26 million to help continue Head Start programs in Stanislaus County. Head Start provides comprehensive early child education, as well as offering health and nutrition programs.

August 8, 2019 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced a $790,417.00 investment through the National Science Foundation (NSF) to allow the California State University System to improve science technology, engineering, and mathematics education at CSU Stanislaus, Bakersfield, and Fresno. The program will focus on the high rates of local air pollution as a tangible focus for the study of mathematics and chemistry.

August 7, 2019 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced a federal Department of Education Investment of $443,308 to allow the Central Valley Opportunity Center (CVOC) to provide farmworkers with High School Equivalency Diplomas (HSEDs). This is the first annual installment of a five-year grant through the Department’s High School Equivalency Program. The CVOC will provide 100 commuter farmworkers with the education necessary to earn an HSED each year.

July 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is joining a coalition of Democrats from agriculture-reliant districts in asking Democratic leadership to continue negotiations on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and for a final bipartisan vote on the deal by the end of the year. The coalition of lawmakers believes the final deal should be bipartisan and include more oversight and accountability, but also certainty in trade markets for our farmers, retailers, and the trucking industry. Rep.