Rosen Helps Introduce 21st Century Workforce Partnerships Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), announced that she has joined Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to help introduce the 21st Century Workforce Partnerships Act (S.2670), legislation that would provide federal support for middle and high schools to partner with institutions of higher education, industry partners, and apprenticeship programs to create an education or career training program for students.

“Developing our students’ career readiness will provide them with skills necessary to succeed in a 21st century economy,” said Senator Rosen. “This legislation would create career pathway and performance tracking programs focused on serving low-income students, out-of-school youth, and students with disabilities, among many others. I will continue working to support legislation that prepares our students, regardless of their socioeconomic background, for future success.”

BACKGROUND: Senator Rosen is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan GEAR UP For Success Act (S.303), which would enhance the GEAR UP federal grant program by giving recipients increased flexibility to cater to the needs of local students, reducing administrative burdens for recipients, and developing a more competitive and fair application process.

Senator Rosen is also a cosponsor of the Community College to Career Fund (CC2C) in Higher Education Act, which would create a grant program to support more partnerships between community colleges and businesses. 

In February, Senator Rosen introduced the bipartisan Hire Student Veterans Act (S. 537), legislation that would expand the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to ensure that all student veterans using their GI benefits can take advantage of valuable paid internships or work opportunities while in school.

In May, Senator Rosen introduced the Cyber Ready Workforce Act (S. 1466), bipartisan legislation that would direct the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to award grants to workforce intermediaries to support the creation, implementation, and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity.