View CLASP: Short-Term Education and Training Programs as Part of a Career Pathway: The Case for Pell Eligibility
CLASP posted this Lumina-funded brief on its website yesterday. The introduction follows. The full brief can be found at https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publications/2018/02/2018.02.14%20Short-Term%20Education%20and%20Training%20Programs.pdf
The best designed short-term programs are embedded in a longer-term career pathway program, enabling students to “stack” credentials. This helps students secure jobs more quickly, pursue additional credentials throughout their careers, and earn family-supporting wages. However, without federal financial aid, specifically Pell grants, from the Higher Education Act (HEA), students can only access these types of programs by paying out of pocket. Employer assistance and state, local, and institutional support are all too rare.