By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations
The Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) will receive its final funding appropriation next fiscal year, as proposed by Governor Brown in the 2017-2018 State Budget plan.
The CTEIG was created in 2015 to provide local educational agencies the resources necessary to continue provision of critical career training programs during the early implementation of the state’s new education funding method – the Local Control Funding Formula.
Never intended to permanently replace the close to $600 million annually appropriated to career technical training, the CTEIG provided a total of $900 million over a three-year period. While it represents a significant investment for career technical education, the temporary nature of the funding makes it hard for programs to experience widespread expansion and for districts to sufficiently integrate this instructional method into their course offerings.
The only way to address the middle-skills shortage in high-demand industries like manufacturing is to make technical career training an integral component of a student’s educational experience, which includes adopting a sustainable funding source, quality performance standards and strong accountability metrics.
Manufacturers are experiencing a significant labor shortage that will only grow more dire as many more in our industrial workforce retire.
Sustainable funding and clear state policy objectives are neededto ensure the continued prioritization ofpreparing students to compete in a global 21st century marketplace.
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