Career Education Colleges and Universities applauded the quick work of Congress to protect Veteran Students in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CECU welcomed the passage of Senate Bill 3503, which allows Veterans and their dependents, as well as service members, on the GI Bill® to continue receiving their benefits as universities temporarily move their classes online to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The bill, authored by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jerry Moran (R-KS.) and Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT.), ensures that GI Bill® recipients will not lose access to their earned education benefits because of the shift to online education.
CECU urges Congress to pass legislation to protect student veterans' education benefits during health-related situations
With colleges and universities cancelling in-person classes and moving to remote or online courses to limit the spread of COVID-19, Steve Gonzalez, Senior Vice President of Government, Military & Veterans Relations at Career Education Colleges made the following statement:
“CECU’s encourages Congress to ensure student veterans’ existing GI Bill® benefits and housing allowances are not negatively impacted due to the health-related situation outside of the school or student veterans’ control.”
Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) praised the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration for their recent decision to suspend approval of new enrollments for the education and training of Veterans at five universities following alleged abuses by those institutions.
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That’s where vocational schools could come in. Trump is expected to announced funding support for vocational schools, which could come in the form of increased government expenditure in the schools or in the form of tax credits to incentivize more individuals to enroll.
A liberal arts curriculum doesn’t always provide the necessary knowledge for workers going into infrastructure-related fields, said Steve Gonzalez, Senior Vice President of Government, Military, and Veterans Relations at Career Education Colleges and Universities, a trade organization for career and various technical schools.
“As the government issues more [infrastructure] grants to provide updates to everything from airports to roads, plumbers and electricians are critical,” he said.
“Not taking anything away from liberal arts degrees, but society has forgotten that trade and technical career schools are just as important,” he added. Gonzalez said he is satisfied with the actions the president has taken to fund more vocational schools. However, he would like to hear how Trump will work with the Dept. of Education and Labor to ensure “underrepresented veterans” have access to an affordable post-secondary education.
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