March 8, 2012

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APSCU Calls For Collective Effort To Reduce Veterans Unemployment 

Washington, D.C. – Former Congressman and president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Steve Gunderson today testified before the U.S. House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. 
“The key to narrowing the skills gap and reducing veterans’ unemployment is an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach to postsecondary education,” Gunderson told the Committee.  “Policymakers are tasked with a critical imperative to ensure that all stakeholders work collaboratively.  The VA should ensure that veterans are provided with the information and resources about their educational options.  Veterans should utilize that information to make informed education choices and schools should provide the quality of education veterans deserve through the benefits they have earned.”
Gunderson also told the Committee that private-sector colleges and universities have served approximately 230,000 veterans under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. 
He went on to say, “We are very proud of our numbers relating to the educational services for veterans, their spouses and active duty military.  It reflects our ability to design and deliver focused, yet flexible, education that meets the learning styles of today’s older student, often a veteran returning from Iraq or Afghanistan.”


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PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.