Annie knows there is no greater investment than in our children’s education, and that we cannot compete in the global economy without investing in a highly skilled workforce. That is why the very first bill Annie introduced would facilitate public-private partnerships between businesses and educators to help prepare students for the 21st century workforce.
In addition, she has cosponsored legislation to expand the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs our students need to secure good, 21st century jobs. As a parent, Annie knows the impact that the cost of higher education has on Granite State families. That is why Annie fought to keep interest rates for student loans affordable, and why she supports a new proposal to allow graduates to refinance their student loans at lower rates.
Annie has also led the push to improve and expand New Hampshire's community college system, so more students have the opportunity to receive a great education. She secured a federal grant for Nashua Community College to open a new advanced manufacturing program, which will partner students with local employers so they can obtain good-paying jobs upon graduation. Annie also spearheaded a program that allowed River Valley Community College to open a new campus, giving 500 more students access to higher education.