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Council, members testify in support of tuition remission expansion

The Providers' Council and three of its members testified Wednesday afternoon before the Joint Committee on Higher Education in support of two Senate bills that would expand the successful tuition remission program to cover graduate-level and continuing education courses.

The Bridge of Central Massachusetts HR Director Donna Bradley; Centro Las Americas' Eric Gomez; and Tapestry Health's Leslie Tarr Laurie joined Council President & CEO Michael Weekes to testify on behalf of the important legislation. Laurie was joined by two of her staff members, Owanate Briggs and Sierra Simmons, who both said the tuition remission expansion to graduate-level courses would benefit them as they sought to go back to school and continue their education.

The legislation, Senate Bill 574 and 587, would expand the Council's already popular program, that will soon award its 20,000th certificate. Human services workers have taken nearly 20,000 courses at state schools since the advent of the tuition remission program in 2000. 

You can download the Council's testimony or for more information, e-mail Bill Yelenak.