Students for Academic Choice -- Gainful Employment Petition Drive
May 12, 2010
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The Career Colleges Association (CCA), in connection with our efforts to have the U.S. Department of Education submit a more acceptable alternative to its recent draft gainful employment regulatory proposal, would like to ask for your assistance with a critical effort involving current students and graduates of career colleges. A week ago last Friday, Students for Academic Choice requested that students sign a petition to voice their concerns about the impact of this draft regulation. No one understands the serious, negative potential repercussions of this measure being considered by the U.S. Department of Education more clearly than current career college students and graduates.
This spring in Washington, D.C., the first career college student association began to coalesce. More than 150 students came to Washington in March 2010 to voice their support for career education to federal policymakers. They were excited about the opportunity to have their voices heard by elected officials during their Hill visits, and they want to continue to do so. The leaders of that group have made getting their voices heard on gainful employment a priority of this new association.
The student and graduate petition supports continued program access and choice at career colleges and opposes the Department's draft gainful employment proposal. Student leaders will deliver this petition with a press release and press conference led by them.
Each CCA member school is encouraging current and former students to take a moment to go to the Students for Academic Choice website - http://www.StudentsforAcademicChoice.org - to add their names and schools to the online petition. Continuing efforts to spread the word about this petition would be greatly appreciated by the student leaders.
Their goal is to secure at least 100,000 signatures on the student petition. The CCA membership and students have enthusiastically responded to this request in the thousands and many more are signing up by the hour. Therefore, the petition drive is being extended to FRIDAY, MAY 14th.