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House Helps Protect Minority Students by Voting to Defund Gainful Employment

WASHINGTON Feb. 18, 2011

"The National Black Chamber of Commerce applauds the House of Representatives for supporting college access for minority students and passing an amendment to defund Gainful Employment.  This great victory will help stop a rule that would disproportionately hurt African American and other minority students who rely on career colleges to learn real-world skills that help them get jobs.  

John Kline Virginia Foxx Alcee Hastings Carolyn McCarthy

"With unemployment rates so high, it is a mystery why the Education Department would propose a rule that makes it harder for students to get a college degree that prepares them for the working world. Gainful Employment unfairly singles out for-profits schools, whose student bodies are comprised of 39% minorities due to their flexible course loads and skill-focused classes. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce warns that if the ‘Gainful Employment’ rule is implemented, it will result in 100,000 jobs lost. Now is not the time to make it harder for minority students to get a college degree.

"We urge the Senate to fully support this amendment and protect college options for minority students who rely on federal financial aid."

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