CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES

Representing the 4th District of Connecticut

Education

Education is one of the most critical long-term economic challenges we face, and we must take bold and immediate action to reverse the decline in our country’s education system. If we make the right investments and reforms now, we can ensure that all of our children have access to quality early education, that high school students are equipped and able to go on to critical additional education and training, and that our graduates are prepared for 21st century jobs.

Early Education

Our commitment to education should begin on day one.  Early childhood education is one of the most intelligent investments a nation can make in its future.  Click here to read more…

Higher Education

The jobs of tomorrow, especially the good jobs, will require training beyond high school, but higher education is too expensive.  Click here to read more…

Every Student Succeeds Act

I was pleased that Congress could come together, from both chambers and parties, to forge compromise and pass the Every Student Succeeds Act to replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law to create a new framework for the nation’s elementary and secondary education policy. Click here to read more…

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August 28, 2017 Page

Education is one of the most critical long-term economic challenges we face, and we must take bold and immediate action to reverse the decline in our country’s education system. If we make the right investments and reforms now, we can ensure that all of our children have access to quality early education, that high school students go on to critical additional education and training and that our graduates are prepared for 21st century jobs.

Early Education

July 15, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC: Yesterday, the United States Department of Education announced Student Support Service Program grant awards for Norwalk Community College, University of Bridgeport, and Fairfield University.  Through a competitive grant process, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

·         Norwalk Community College received $339,443 for Fiscal Year 2016

July 9, 2015 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) testified in front of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and other Members in the Make it in America hearing on a panel focused on skills training for the future.

Click here to see Congressman Himes’ testimony.

 

May 26, 2015 Press Release

 

Bridgeport, CT – Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) was joined by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) to meet with juniors at Fairchild Wheeler Multi-Magnet High School year to discuss the rising price of college, student loans and debt, and the College Affordability and Innovation Act, which Congressman Himes introduced in the House and Senator Murphy introduced in the Senate.

 

February 19, 2015 Press Release

NORWALK, CT—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today visited the IBM-affiliated Norwalk Early College Academy, Connecticut’s first school based on the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) model. The new public school, which opened in August 2014, will provide students with the opportunity to earn within six years both a high school diploma and an Associate of Applied Science degree, at no cost. The program is designed to help students develop the skills needed for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM.

January 15, 2015 Press Release

Norwalk CT—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today announced that Dr. David L. Levinson, the President of Norwalk Community College (NCC), will be his guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. During an event this afternoon at NCC, Himes and Levinson voiced their support for President Obama's new proposal to make the first two years of community college free for qualifying students.

January 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) reintroduced two bills today designed to expand access to high-quality early education programs. The Total Learning Act provides assistance to community partnerships focused on implementing advanced early education curricula, modeled on the renowned Total Learning program that Action for Bridgeport Community Development Inc. (ABCD) has utilized with great success.

December 10, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Connecticut’s congressional delegation and Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Connecticut has been awarded nearly $12.5 million in discretionary federal funding to expand high-quality preschool. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services through a competitive grant process and was announced today by Secretary Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Duncan of the Department of Education.

October 24, 2014 Press Release

Norwalk, CT – Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) moderated a roundtable discussion on higher education affordability and access at Norwalk Community College today. The higher education experts on the panel offered their respective experience, expertise and ideas on college costs and accessibility. Himes discussed his legislative efforts, including the recent introduction of the College Affordability and Innovation Act, to increase higher education opportunities and control long-term cost growth.

August 29, 2014 Press Release

NORWALK, CT - Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling visited the Head Start program at the Nathaniel Ely Elementary School this morning to highlight the importance of investing in early childhood education. The Head Start program at Nathaniel Ely provides critical educational, nutritional and health services to more than 270 children in the Norwalk community. Head Start is the nation's primary early childhood development program for low-income children.