For months now, career colleges have been attacked in the media and in Washington, D.C. Our schools have been unfairly made to symbolize all that’s wrong with America’s education system while taking a hit for issues that also impact traditional colleges and universities. This has been accomplished with a few student anecdotes and biased investigations.
The Department of Education’s proposed gainful employment rule has solely focused on career colleges, not on traditional colleges and universities. If passed, the rule could devastate the career college sector through the elimination of critical programs that are vital to the American workforce.
The best way to make an impact in Washington is to be vocal and to show up in numbers. And, this can be done at the local level. That’s why we’re asking all Title IV eligible career colleges to join us in supporting Career Education Week. We’re asking schools to contact their members of Congress and set up student, faculty and administrator meetings with lawmakers and staff at their local offices from Oct. 19-21.
What You Can Do
The perceptions of the career college sector are being shaped by people who know little about the schools or what they do. They would limit postsecondary choice, hurt jobs, and shrink opportunities for career growth and economic development. Let’s show them we can yell louder!
Career colleges serve a vital function in higher education today and in society overall. They are a critical part of the postsecondary equation for 3.2 million students, making access to education a possibility for hard-working students seeking to improve their lives and career prospects.
Join us in standing up for them during Career Education Week. Contact your local member of Congress today.