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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 6, 2015 09:56 AM
From: Representative Marc J. Gergely
To: All House members
Subject: Career and Technical Education

TO: All Members of the House of Representatives

FROM: Honorable Marc J. Gergely

DATE: May 6, 2015

SUBJECT: Career and Technical Education

In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to renew our commitment to strengthening career and technical education programs and help prepare our students and working families for high-skill careers.

Now more than ever, the success of our economy relies on a well-educated and skilled workforce. Greater levels of career and technical education and training will help rebuild the middle-class and provide opportunities for wage growth and career advancement.

My legislation will provide $15 million to support the modernization of career and technical education through the establishment or enhancement of programs which prepare students for high-skill careers. This funding will allow employers, higher education institutions and labor organizations to establish public-private partnerships to train students for the technical skills required for many of today’s jobs. Students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by earning college credit and industrial credentials through work-based learning in high-demand, high-growth occupations.

Additionally, $5 million will provide funding in the form of grants for equipment purchases with priority for applicants that show an in-kind or monetary contribution from employers or other partners.

Please consider joining me in helping prepare our students to compete in a 21st century economy by co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1145