Harder Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Make Education More Affordable & Accessible
WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) introduced the bipartisan Making Education More Affordable and Accessible Act alongside Republican Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23). The bill would help high school students on their pathway to a college, technical degree, or other post-secondary opportunity by investing in and expanding dual-enrollment and stackable credit programs. Study after study shows that students who take college level classes during high school or participate in dual-enrollment programs have higher likelihoods of completing bachelor’s degrees and getting better grades than their traditional counterparts.
“This is a pretty simple one: the more students we can get taking even one college level class during high school, the more folks we’ll have graduating with degrees,” said Rep. Harder. “The jobs of the 21st century are here, so let’s make sure our kids have the skills they need to match them ASAP. This bipartisan bill invests in and expands the programs we know are most effective at putting our students on a path toward long term success.”
“We care about helping students across the country gain better access to high-quality, affordable educational initiatives,” said Rep. Tom Reed. “By investing in and expanding college credit programs for high school students, we can ensure young people have the opportunity to gain critical workforce skills and advance their careers. We are proud to continue fighting for the passage of this bipartisan, common-sense legislation that will benefit millions of hardworking families and students.”
“We applaud Congressman Harder’s focused efforts to further define the pathways toward academic success with the refreshing of the Making Education More Affordable and Accessible Act, especially as those efforts support dual-enrollment classes,” said Dr. Ellen Junn, President of California State University Stanislaus. “We know that most students in dual-enrollment courses enter college with at least nine units of college credit, which not only makes them far more likely to succeed in college but dramatically improves their opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years.”
“High-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs allow students in high school to earn credit that leads to both stackable credentials and high-skill, in-demand careers,” said LeAnn Wilson, Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). “Increasing access to college credit for high school students is a vital part of addressing workforce shortages in nearly every sector of today’s economy and supporting economic recovery from the pandemic. We commend the introduction of the Making Education More Affordable Act and would like to thank the legislation’s sponsors for their support.”