Open Letter to the Trump Administration and Members of Congress from Career Education Colleges and Universities in Response to State of the Union Call to “Invest in Workforce Development and Job Training”
January 31, 2018 – Arlington, VA – CECU President and CEO Steve Gunderson sent an open letter to President Trump, his administration and Members of Congress today in response to last night’s State of the Union address where President Trump called on Congress to “invest in workforce development and job training.”
America has people without jobs, but it also has jobs without people – about 6 million of them. Why aren’t these jobs being filled? This jobs gap exists because employers demand “job ready” employees and prospective employees are simply not able to bridge the skills gap without appropriate education and training.
Don't let your limitations slow you down - A simple, yet inspiring message that deaf nurse Dionne Jaques shared during her valedictorian speech at the May 2017 Nightingale College graduation. While she stood on stage, beneath the bright lights, she recapped her cohort's experiences in nursing school. Dionne mesmerized her fellow graduates and the audience, who sat still as she addressed them.
Becoming a nurse was a goal Dionne set for herself in 1977 when she was caring for her ailing mother and ill daughter. However, finding a program that would fit her needs proved difficult as nursing schools resisted her joining. A deaf nursing student would need too many accommodations to be successful, they reasoned. “Past programs resisted me joining saying that deaf people cannot be nurses,” said Dionne. But that discouragement, and other obstacles which may have discouraged others from pursuing their passion did not slow Dionne down. Instead, Dionne optimistically continued her search. Her strategy was simple: discover a school that will teach her, and she will be the one to worry about whether she is successful or not.
January 5, 2018 – Arlington, VA – For the month of December the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 6.6 million Americans are unemployed while at the same time 6 million jobs remain unfilled. This jobs gap exists because employers demand "job ready" employees and prospective employees are simply not able to bridge the skills gap without appropriate education and training.
Patient Interaction Never Grows Old for Ten-Year Veteran of Medical Assisting Field: Story from American National University
As clinical team lead at Seasons of Bristol, Candace Gracia enjoys caring for her patients—from teens, to expectant mothers, to women in their senior years. “We take care of every season of a woman’s life,” she explained.
A former stay-at-home mom, Candace was ready to begin the next season of her own life when she enrolled in the medical assisting program at the Bristol Campus. She was inspired to enter the medical assisting field when she saw that the medical assistants in her doctor’s office got the most contact with patients.
January 2, 2018 - Arlington, Va. - Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) today called upon Congress to extend the time for ACICS schools to find a new accreditor. In a formal letter to congressional leaders, CECU president and CEO Steve Gunderson shared new research showing that over 235,000 students are at risk of losing access to completion of their degrees if Congress fails to act.