As a community college leader I am writing to express my great concern with the Senate’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill. Many of the programs that are key to community colleges are cut under this bill. Cuts of this magnitude will no doubt impact our more than 1,100 institutions and the millions of students they serve.
I oppose cuts to Federal Work Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Adult Basic Education, grants under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Minority Serving Institutions, and the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program.
Current funding caps are simply not sustainable if we wish to provide the investments necessary to support education and workforce training. Human capital is at the center of our country’s economy and without these investments we risk falling behind as a nation.
Please contact your Congressmen and Senators to ask them to oppose these cuts and push for a bipartisan solution that will raise current caps so that we may better invest in our nation’s future.