American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA)

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Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.

The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

SBCTC Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Washington’s community and technical colleges have an unprecedented opportunity to increase access and achievement for hundreds of students through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

The Governor is pursuing a coordinated strategy between her office and the Legislature, state agencies, the SBCTC, college districts, and partners.

As the implementation outline for the ARRA unfolds at the federal level, the SBCTC office is working with Gov. Chris Gregoire and partner agencies to use these funds to maximize delivery of quality educational programs and services.

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information about each program is complete and accurate, in some cases detailed information about how a program is to be implemented is not yet available. The State Board will continue to analyze the federal law and will regularly update these program descriptions as more information becomes available.

Agency contact is Joann Wiszmann, director of accounting, 360-704-4380.

Last update: 01/06/10

Key Messages

  • The community and technical colleges are the providers of both short-term and long-term training and skill development for unemployed, dislocated, and low-income Washingtonians.
  • Education and skill development in high-demand occupations are essential to Washington’s recovery process.
  • With additional federal stimulus or state resources, the community and technical colleges will provide additional opportunities for skills development and workforce training to Washingtonians through increased enrollment capacity.

Governor’s Core Principles

To guide agencies’ planning for use of the ARRA funds, the Governor set forth these principles:

  • Get money in people’s pockets immediately.
  • Create or save jobs in the near-term.
  • Make innovative investments in areas that lay the foundation for Washington’s 21st century economy.
  • Create strategic alliances with the private sector, non-profits, local governments, and other state agencies that align goals and magnify the effect of resources.
  • Be accountable and transparent.


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