Quality Education for North Carolina Kids
- Creating Opportunity: Quality public education is the key to opportunity. Kathy will fight to ensure every child goes to a great public school regardless of their zip code. She will also fight to increase the availability of vocational and technical education for those who want to learn skills, and providing them job readiness that will lead them to a good career and a productive future.
- Technical and Vocational Training to Land A Good Job: Roughly six million jobs are unfilled in this country due to a mismatch between the skills workers possess and those needed by employers. This skills gap is impacting key industries in our community such as manufacturing and transportation. Kathy will work to increase access to apprenticeship opportunities as well as vocational and technical education and training programs to shrink the skills gap and prepare our workforce for the 21st century economy. She will also support legislation to allow parents to use 529 college savings plans on skills and apprenticeship programs.
- Affordable Higher Education: Kathy believes a quality education provides the foundation for success in the 21st century economy. Every student should have access to an affordable education in our community colleges, four year universities, and technical and vocational institutions. Kathy supports expanding access to Pell Grants and allowing student borrowers to refinance their federal student loans to make college more affordable for all families.
- HBCUs Make America Strong: North Carolina has more Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) than all but one other state in the country. HBCUs educate a disproportionate number of first generation and low-income students, providing pathways to opportunity for communities in need. In Congress, Kathy is committed to fighting for greater financial support for these institutions and expanding opportunities for the students they serve.