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AMPP Helps Form Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) recently joined with more than 500 trade associations, professional societies, businesses, and employers to form the Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition. The coalition was established to build support for the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act (S. 722 / H.R. 1477).

The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would expand qualified expenses under 529 savings plans to include postsecondary training and credentialing, such as licenses and professional certifications. 

Background on the Bill

The bill would provide valuable tax-advantaged resources for families, students, and workers — with or without a college degree — who pursue career growth, mid-career changes, or pathways that diverge from a typical academic route.

“The Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act aims to establish a solid and fair job market focusing on workforce training, encouraging company investments in skill development, and fostering job creation and economic growth,” said AMPP CEO Alan Thomas. 

“Supporting the materials protection and performance workforce is an AMPP advocacy priority,” Thomas added. “This includes supporting legislation that expands access to training and education, ultimately bolstering the careers of professionals in our industries.”

Training and Credentialing

According to AMPP, training and credentialing organizations work to expand industry excellence. They can also establish and strengthen professional pathways, increase workers’ earning power, foster marketplace competition, and supply consumers with the best products, services, and expertise. 

A complete member roster can be found at

The bill is led by Representatives Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) in the U.S. Senate.

About AMPP

AMPP is a global community of professionals focused on the protection of assets and the performance of industrial and natural materials. Established in 2021 following a merger between NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, the new association unites 145 years of corrosion control and protective coatings expertise and service to industry and members worldwide. 

Today, AMPP is the world’s largest corrosion control and protective coatings organization serving more than 30,000 members in 130 countries. AMPP is headquartered in the United States with offices in Houston and Pittsburgh, along with additional offices in Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai (training center), Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. 

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