During his introduction of Chairwoman Foxx, AACS President Frank Trieu reminded those in attendance of the close family connection to the beauty and wellness community within the Foxx family. Chairwoman Foxx’s father graduated from a cosmetology school after leaving the military, earned his license, and opened his own salon before transitioning into other lines of vocational education. And, if that was not enough, the Chairwoman’s granddaughter, Rana, is a licensed cosmetologist in NC, and both she and her mother, Chairwoman Foxx’s daughter, are currently attending an esthetician program!
Chairwoman Foxx thanked Frank for such a warm introduction and began to talk about the House HEA reauthorization bill (H.R. 4508 – The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act) the Committee voted to send to the House floor last December.
Chairwoman Foxx made it clear, “The PROSPER Act is not a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It’s true reform, and it’s reform with institutions like yours in mind. I believe, with every fiber of my being, that this is reform we desperately need.”
Continuing, the Chairwoman noted the six million unfilled jobs in our nation and said that this legislation is designed to help address this shortage by promoting workforce education and she requested our help in securing the support necessary to bring the bill to the House floor for consideration and passage.
The Chairwoman then proceeded to review with the AACS membership a brief one page synopsis she provided detailing the four pillars of the PROSPER Act concluding her remarks with the assurance that she would continue to work with AACS on refinement to the legislation as the process continued and thanking us for coming to Washington to promote the needs of our students, schools, and the future workforce