President Joe Biden
"Let’s finish the job and connect students to career opportunities starting in high school, provide access to two years of community college — the best career training in America, in addition to being a pathway to a four-year degree. Let’s offer every American a path to a good career, whether they go to college or not."
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
"Career-connected learning—programs that bridge the gap between what students learn and the careers they will eventually find—is not a new idea. What is new is that President Biden’s entire Administration is committed to making it a reality for all students, through unprecedented collaboration and historic investments. Joe knows that this pipeline of support from high school, to community college, to career is the future of our workforce."
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
"We need to reimagine pathways for all students, so they can plot their course to a bright future. In today’s economy and in our future, postsecondary credentials are essential for success. We want every student to graduate from high school with a solid onramp to a rewarding career."
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo
"America is home to some of the world’s brightest and most ambitious students, and we owe it to them to set them up for success. Career-connected education programs are essential to the success of the American economy and will spur a new generation of researchers, engineers, and manufacturers in critical industries. In launching this initiative, these programs and their graduates will enable us to continue outcompeting and out-innovating the rest of the world."
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh
"During National Apprenticeship Week, the Biden-Harris administration is highlighting Registered Apprenticeship as a proven and industry-driven training model to address some of our nation’s most pressing workforce challenges. The federal initiative announced today will further support private-public partnerships that help youth across the country access a college education, good-paying jobs, and strong pathways to the middle class."