Education is one of the most powerful tools we can give our children. From early education all the way through graduate studies and beyond, Brian strongly believes that all students should be given an equal chance to succeed. In order to prepare students to enter the workforce, Higgins has been a strong advocate for math and science education, in addition to workforce training programs, to give students the marketable skills they need to compete in a globalized economy. Brian has also been outspoken on the need to make higher education more affordable to reduce the skyrocketing education debt burden faced by so many recent graduates.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced Parent Network of Western New York has been awarded a $100,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Education. The federal funding was awarded through the Parent Information Centers program and the grant is anticipated to continue for 5 years.
“Parent Network of WNY gives families a place to turn for information, support and guidance,” said Congressman Higgins. “This will allow them to continue and expand their reach in the City of Buffalo.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) made a stop at Jamestown Community College (JCC) to meet with Swedish students visiting from Internationella Engelska Skolan (IES) as well as local students involved in the College Access Academy which is supported by the federal College Access Challenge Grant program.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI) has been awarded a federal grant totaling $2,356,678 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will support Head Start projects in Chautauqua County.
“This award is a testament to the quality of Chautauqua Opportunities’ program, but the real victory is for the local children who will continue to have every opportunity for a better future because of the head start they get thanks to COI,” said Congressman Higgins.
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted against the FY 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution (H.R. 1), which makes severe cuts to dozens of programs that directly impact the economic stability of Western New York.
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted for S. 3447, the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, making targeted and critical improvements to the New GI Bill for the 21st Century, which will provide a four-year college education for nearly 300,000 veterans enrolled in college this fall.
Today, the Department of Education announced that New York State is among the 10 winners receiving a Race to the Top grant totaling nearly $700 million in federal education funding to the state, made available through funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Of the second round winners, New York scored second only to Massachusetts.