Education & Workforce Development
“Every child deserves the opportunity to receive a high-quality, public K-12 education that will help them compete in the 21st century innovation economy. We also must ensure that students can get a post-secondary education that prepares them for their future career without taking on massive debt – whether it be at a job training or apprenticeship program, a two- or four-year college, or graduate studies.” – Senator Hassan
As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Hassan is focused on supporting access to affordable, quality early childhood education, strong K-12 public schools, and accessible and affordable career training and higher education opportunities.
New Hampshire’s low unemployment rate presents a challenge to innovation-based businesses who are struggling to hire the skilled workers that they need. To address this challenge, Senator Hassan is working to strengthen job training, expand career pathway programs, and create stronger partnerships between education and training systems and innovative businesses.
Senator Hassan recognizes that today’s students face a number of challenges that may impede their pursuit of education. She introduced the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to support career pathway strategies – which combine work, education, and support services – to help individuals earn the credentials that businesses look for during the hiring process. Senator Hassan is also working to secure additional federal funding to integrate high-quality career and technical education programs into high schools to better prepare students for their future careers.
Students who choose to pursue higher education too often find themselves burdened by massive amounts of student debt, which can affect the choices that they make about their future – from where to work and live, to whether to pursue an advanced degree. To help relieve this burden, Senator Hassan is working to reduce interest rates for borrowers by allowing those with outstanding student debt to refinance their student loans. She is also working to expand the reach of federal student aid dollars, including allowing Pell Grants to be used for short-term job training programs and increasing the maximum Pell Grant.
Senator Hassan has consistently fought to expand access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education and to assist more families with rising child care expenses. She is a cosponsor of the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would ensure that low- and middle-income families do not pay more than seven percent of their income for childcare. The bill would also ensure that all three and four year olds have access to high quality pre-school, including access to more supports for children who experience disabilities. Additionally, Senator Hassan has helped successfully secure increased funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant and Head Start Programs, and she will continue advocating for these vital programs.
Senator Hassan is also working to ensure that students – including veterans and service members – are not taken advantage of by predatory for-profit colleges that engage in unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practices. To safeguard students and taxpayers from anti-student higher education practices, Senator Hassan introduced the PROTECT Students Act which would put in place common-sense consumer protections – such as providing loan forgiveness when a higher education institutions closes unexpectedly and holding job training programs accountable for job placement and earnings outcomes – to help ensure that higher education meets the needs of hard-working students.
Additionally, Senator Hassan recognizes the importance of supporting our K-12 public education system, which is essential to ensuring that every child, no matter his or her circumstances, has the chance to learn, grow, and lead. Senator Hassan has strongly opposed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s massive proposed cuts to the Department of Education and her efforts to implement a voucher system that would divert taxpayer dollars to private, religious, and for-profit schools without requirements for accountability.
February 10, 2020
Senator Hassan on President Trump’s Proposal to Eliminate Northern Border Regional Commission in Fiscal Year 2021 Budget
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement in response to the President’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021 that would eliminate the Northern Border Regional Commission. The Northern Border Regional Commission provides grants that help spur community and economic development for communities in rural areas of the state.Read More
February 04, 2020
WASHINGTON -Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement tonight in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. The Senator brought as her guest Laconia Police Officer Eric Adams, who has gained national recognition for his work as Laconia’s Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment Coordinator. In this role – the first of its kind in New England – Officer Adams has helped revolutionize the way that law enforcement across the country approach combating substance misuse.Read More
January 29, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee who voted to advance the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), released the following statement after President Trump signed into law the bipartisan bill implementing the trade agreement:Read More
January 08, 2020
Washington, D.C.-In a bipartisan effort to help rural communities thrive, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced The Success for Rural Students and Communities Act of 2020 today. Their bipartisan bill would help rural students reach their higher education goals and connect them with employment opportunities in their hometowns.Read More
January 06, 2020
Senator Hassan Discusses Importance of Promoting Workforce Partnerships at Omni Components Corporation in Hudson
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, Senator Maggie Hassan last week visited Omni Components Corporation in Hudson where she highlighted the company’s workforce partnerships and discussed how her bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act would build and expand upon such partnerships to help innovative businesses hire the workforce that they need to thrive. Senator Hassan reintroduced the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act last spring to help strengthen New Hampshire’s workforce and expand economic opportunity by supporting career pathways strategies – which combine work, education, and support services – to help individuals earn recognized postsecondary credentials.Read More
December 19, 2019
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statements after the Senate passed bipartisan government funding legislation. The package, which also includes key bills and tax fixes that the Senator has worked on, already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and will now head to the President’s desk for a signature.Read More
December 05, 2019
Senate Passes Hassan-Backed Bipartisan Measure to Simplify Process for Applying for Federal Financial Aid
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today unanimously approved an education package that included measures from a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senator Hassan that will make it easier for Granite Staters and Americans to apply for federal financial aid. The underlying package reauthorizes critical funding for Historically Black Colleges/Universities and other Minority-Serving Institutions.Read More