Ability to Benefit Webinar

 Updated Nov. 4: Please see the slides from the Oct. 27 webinar. 

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Slides from the Ability to Benefit webinar are now available.

Ability to Benefit 10/27/2016 slides


The Higher Education Act (HEA) was amended to restore the ability to benefit (ATB) provisions, thus allowing individuals without a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent to access Title IV financial aid as long as they are enrolled in an eligible career pathway consistent with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Join a webinar on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern Time, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education on administering the ATB provisions under the HEA. The webinar will share guidance from the Department and present strategies for developing and strengthening local career pathways programs. Additionally, postsecondary institutions will share lessons learned and promising practices from ATB program implementation.

Webinar presenters include: 

  • Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Carney McCullough, Director, Policy Development Group, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Jennifer Troke, Chief of the Division of Youth ServicesEmployment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Mary Clagett, Director, National Workforce Policy, Jobs for the Future
  • David J. Heflin, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, West Kentucky Community and Technical College
  • Emily Campbell,  Executive Director, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Louisiana Community & Technical College System
  • Mechelle Marler, Adult Education Career Pathways Supervisor, Austin Community College