The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 reformed job-training programs by creating a comprehensive workforce investment system. Its goals are to create a customer-focused system to help Americans find tools to manage their careers by providing information and high-quality services and to help U.S. companies find skilled workers. 

America has dropped to 13th place among the world's most educated nations for young adults; 37 million adults have started but not finished college. To rise in the ranks once again and to attain the top ranking for the percentage of adults with a college education, more people who historically have not pursued higher education or succeeded in completing their postsecondary education must attend and complete their education.  

Private sector colleges can help fill the education and skills gaps and meet capacity demands that  public and private nonprofit colleges alone cannot satisfy. Increasing the number of educated people is essential. Research shows that raising the college graduation rate just a single point will boost the economies of the 51 largest metropolitan areas in the United States by $124 billion per year.

On March 15, 2013, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 803, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act. H.R. 803 was sponsored by Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chair of the subcommittee on higher education and workforce training.


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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.