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Our Mission

Advocacy

Our Mission

Our Mission

American Student Assistance’s advocacy agenda is built on three main principles:

  1. We must do more to ensure that kids, as young as middle school, can explore their college and career opportunities.
  2. We must do more to ensure that every student in Massachusetts graduates with a clearly articulated plan for the college and career choices they will pursue after high school.
  3. We must do more to ensure students are able to execute that plan and, as employees, have the skills needed to succeed in a changing job market.

We aim to facilitate change by addressing key provisions of federal, state, and local policy that will best help kids pursue education after high school and attain credentials they need for career success.

These policies include:

  1. Federal Legislative Priorities
    • Priorities for the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA).
    • Increased funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant.
    • Priorities for the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
    • Priorities for the Higher Education Act.
    • Priorities for the Workforce Opportunity Investment Act.
    • ApprenticeshipUSA program.
  2. State Legislative Priorities
    • Support career and technical education and help to destigmatize career and technical education.
    • Ensure every student in Massachusetts is served by a college and career coach, either in school or through a community provider.
    • Support dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college programs for all Massachusetts students.
    • Require all schools to track detailed data of students beyond college enrollment through post-secondary persistence.
    • Encourage the use of ESEA money in Massachusetts around career training, expanded technology, and programming.
    • Support efforts and recommendations of the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet.
    • Support access to career-focused mentoring programs through the Mentoring Match Grant.
    • Require every district to have a career and post-secondary planning program, starting in middle school.
    • Support efforts to allow employer loan reimbursement as an employee benefit.
  3. City And Towns
    • Eliminate college admissions requirement in high school without a tracking of data to evaluate college persistence.
    • Push for inclusion of college and career planning in middle school curriculum.