Amid this current national emergency, our institutions and many other community colleges across the nation are working tirelessly to help ensure students have access to the education and support services they need to continue with their programs. This has meant moving thousands of courses to new online modalities and instituting new programs and initiatives to aid the many students who are struggling through the COVID-19 crisis, such as offering free Wi-Fi hotspots, creating pop-up food pantries for food-insecure students, and lending office spaces to provide mental health services.
While our colleges are working diligently and creatively to find new outlets to support students and their communities, additional aid from the federal government is vital to our continued ability to help students during this crisis and ensure community colleges across America have the ability to continue to respond to our nation’s education and workforce needs.
- Enact short-term Pell Grants
- Provide additional funding for students and institutions through the Education Stabilization Fund
- Ensure broadband access for low-income students
- Provide funding to support air quality enhancements for community college facilities
- Increase WIOA funding
- Reimburse colleges for equipment provided to healthcare facilities
- Invest in virtualization technology for healthcare programs
- Provide low-interest loans for capital projects