Podcast: Ladder Economics: The Short and Long Game of Short-Term Training Policy
Paul Fain, When Policy Meets Practice
For years, there has been debate over expanding federal financial aid, specifically Pell Grants, to cover short-term credential programs. Advocates argue that more rapid, flexible options are needed to get people ready for in-demand job opportunities quickly. Critics contend that short-term non-degree programs don’t help workers advance beyond static jobs that pay low wages.
Two college presidents share their experiences working in states with short-term postsecondary initiatives, the outcomes they've seen to date, and their ideas for what good policy might look like.