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Rick Larsen for Congress

 

Investing in Education

America should be investing in anyone looking to increase their skills and better themselves.

Investing in education is pivotal to creating a prepared and competent workforce that can succeed and reinforce the job market. Knowing the strong correlation between higher education and higher wages earned over a lifetime, I’m working hard in Congress to invest in education and make college accessible to anyone who wants to attend.

I want to increase access to education, including apprenticeships and adult basic education, to help people gain new skills. That’s why I introduced a bill that connects students to training in STEM skills that prepare them for good-paying jobs in manufacturing. I want to create a pathway that takes students from their junior year in high school through community college and into an apprenticeship. We also need to focus on adult basic education and literacy efforts as well as workforce development.

America needs to invest in our students. We need to bring more financial security to students concerned or struggling with student debt. I want students to be able to refinance their federal student loans to take advantage of lower interest rates. I am also pushing to pass a bill that would protect private student loan borrowers from “auto-defaulting” if a cosigner dies or goes into bankruptcy. I am fighting to protect and expand Pell Grants. And I support offering free community college tuition to students who meet specific criteria. Measures such as these would provide students and families with financial relief, and help those struggling with loan debt to invest in their future.

I want to give our students the best preparation to succeed in their futures and keep our country globally innovative and competitive. If we want to drive economic growth in America, we need to make this investment.

 

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Rick Larsen

Meet Rick Larsen

Rick Larsen represents Washington state's 2nd Congressional District. Rick was born and raised in Arlington and his family has called Northwest Washington home for over a century. Learn more.