Issues

HIGHER EDUCATION AND SKILLED JOB TRAINING

Gina was able to attend college because of a four-year Air Force R.O.T.C. scholarship she earned in high school. She believes that every Texas student deserves the opportunity to pursue a higher education if they choose without having to take on a lifetime of debt. Too many talented students give up on getting a college degree because of the burden of student loan debt, while many others are struggling to get out from under it.

Gina also knows that not every student’s path to success is through a college classroom and believes leaders should value and support their work, as well. Many who fought alongside her in the military gained high-level skill training that put them on the path to a successful future. We need to value skilled workers and ensure that we have an economy that rewards their hard work. Gina will work to increase the accessibility of specialized job training and vocational programs that give students the skills they need to get good-paying jobs in today’s economy.

In Congress, Gina will work to:

  • Bring advanced skills and vocational training programs to our communities – giving Texans the opportunity to compete for good-paying jobs and creating a talent pool that will attract job-creating industries and investments to our communities. High schools should reintroduce vocational technology and skills training.

  • Fight for Title IX protections that ensure all students have the same opportunities to thrive within our education system, while identifying real solutions to address the staggering number of principally female students that experience sexual assault and harassment on our campuses.    

  • Support community colleges and trade schools that provide lower-cost programs, specialized skills, and certifications to help students compete for jobs in new and changing industries.

  • Make college more affordable and provide student debt relief that stops predatory lending practices.

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