The MFIP Workforce Education law removes barriers to Adult Basic Education, job training, higher education, and English classes for workers enrolled in MFIP.
The MFIP workforce education changes will take effect July 1, 2014: Unlimited participation will be allowed in adult basic education, GED coursework, ESL, and post-secondary education/training (including 4-year programs). Several statutory barriers to participation have been removed, for example, a requirement to provide proof that education level is below a ninth grade level to participate in ABE. MFIP participants must be informed of the right to participate in education and training. New graduates will be allowed 12 weeks of job search rather than six. Read more about changes to MFIP passed in 2014 and see Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless 2014 Legislative Outcomes.
The MFIP Workforce Education Bill helps meets two major needs for families and Minnesota’s economy:
- It will interrupt the cycle of public assistance and low-wage work for parents seeking the education/training necessary for better paying jobs.
- It will prepare Minnesota for 21st century workforce needs, unlocking the potential of the state’s largest pool of un-skilled workers: parents receiving public assistance. By 2018, 70% of Minnesota jobs will require some education beyond high school.
By endorsing the Prosperity for All campaign you or your organizational will publicly support values and commonsense policies that promote a prosperous Minnesota in 2014 and beyond. Public endorsements illustrate the broad support for practical policies that help striving families succeed and Minnesota prosper.
*Minnesota Family Investment Program, or “Welfare-to-Work” (TANF)
Prosperity for All is a statewide alliance of organizations working toward a more prosperous Minnesota.
Contact: Jessica Webster, Jlwebster@mnlsap.org or Katherine Wagoner, Katherine@mnhomelesscoalition.org