Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 – Joe May, president of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC) and chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, issued the following statement in reaction to the appropriations bill  to fund the government through September 30, 2017:
“Since RAMC’s mission is to build a stronger, more competitive workforce, and therefore, a strong middle class by increasing access to and success in higher education, we are pleased to see the restoration of Summer Pell Grants for part-time and full-time students.  Putting year-round Pell back in place has been at the top of our policy agenda as this funding flexibility is critical to community college student whose aspirations to continue their studies year-round can sometimes be stymied by lack of funding. RAMC members have worked hard to educate their Members of Congress as well as the new Administration on the importance of Summer Pell to our students.
Now, as Congress works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), RAMC will continue to advocate for: the expansion of Pell to include Workforce Pell Grants; risk-sharing/accreditation reforms that address data quality and student loan eligibility concerns; improved reverse transfer processes; improving the gainful employment and State authorization rules; and increased Federal support and investment in career and technical education.”
ABOUT RAMC: RAMC is a coalition of state and individual community college systems from across the country representing over 130 colleges and 1.5 million students. The organization’s key focus in on the importance of preparing more Americans to enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs.
For more information on RAMC, please contact Jim Boyle at 571-213-3979 or at Jim@boylepublicaffairs.com