ACCT Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order 'Expanding Apprenticeships in America'

June 15, 2017

Today, President Trump signed an executive order entitled 'Expanding Apprenticeships in America.' ACCT remains committed to ensuring that community colleges continue their role as economic drivers meeting the demands of today’s workforce through skills attainment. ACCT welcomes the focus and attention the Administration has given to workforce training over the past week, and we look forward to working with the Administration as policies and proposals are further developed.  

Community colleges continue to play an important role in many apprenticeship programs, ensuring that students receive the instruction and skills necessary to attain an industry-recognized credential. Hundreds of our institutions are participants in the US Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium. We welcome the increase in available funding to promote apprenticeships, and look forward to hearing more details regarding the Administration’s plans. ACCT looks forward to providing comments as regulations are developed to institute industry-recognized apprenticeships, as we hope these apprenticeships will retain high quality educational standards and portable credentials. 

ACCT remains deeply concerned, however, regarding the severe cuts proposed to federal workforce and education programs. Included in the Administration’s budget was a 40 percent cut to state grants under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as well as a 15 percent cut to Perkins Career and Technical Education. These investments are necessary to meet economic demands in providing high-quality education and training for millions of students. 

ACCT asks the Administration and Congress to consider that the severe cuts to workforce and educational programs included in the Administration’s proposed budget would seriously inhibit and potentially undermine workforce and education developments championed by President Trump. The association asks Congress to improve upon the Administration’s proposed budget by making necessary investments to the programs and services whose importance the Trump Administration has demonstrated this week so that his goal of better educating, training, and employing more Americans can be realized.