60 Education articles


CTE in the budget
 Jan. 13, 2017

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 ...
CTE Incentive Grant Proposal Advances in Legislature
 March 27, 2015

The CMTA-supported bill that maintains targeted funding for K-12 career technical education (CTE) programs passed its first legislative hurdle. Senate Bill 148 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) received an unanimous vote from the Senate ...
New CTE committee announced
 Feb. 20, 2015

As a sign of the growing importance of and need for a technically-trained 21st century workforce, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) announced the creation of a select committee focused on enhancing the state’s career technical ...
Townhalls to focus on providing workforce with relevant skills & credentials
 Jan. 29, 2015

Manufacturers are strongly encouraged to attend a series of regional town hall meetings hosted by the California Community Colleges’ (CCC) Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy (Task Force) focused on strengthening ...
Governor's Budget makes investment in career training
 Jan. 23, 2015

The need for highly-skilled, technically-trained individuals who can meet the demands of the 21st century marketplace is an urgent one for manufacturers. Preparation must begin early in a student’s educational career to instill proficiencies ...
Employment training panel update
 Oct. 9, 2014

Stewart Knox has been appointed by Governor Brown as the Executive Director of the Employment Training Panel (ETP). Prior to his appointment, Mr. Knox served as the Director of the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency. Since 1997, he ...
Student financial aid reform bill heads to the Governor
 Aug. 28, 2014

On Wednesday, the Legislature passed and sent the Governor SB 1028 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) that will make much needed reforms to the process of identifying and prioritizing occupational and technical training areas under the Cal Grant ...
Workforce innovation & opportunity webinars offered
 Aug. 21, 2014

Last July, President Barack Obama signed into law the first legislative reform of the federal workforce education and training system in 15 years. The “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” (WIOA) implements changes many believe ...
Save career and technical education programs from their death spiral
 June 6, 2014

This article was co-authored by CMTA's Nicole Rice and the State Builing and Construction Trades' Jeremy Smith Imagine if California schools had reduced student access to science instruction by eliminating 1,500 courses, resulting in 50,000 ...
Governor proposes increase in community college CTE funding
 May 23, 2014

The Governor’s May Revise contains a one-time increase of $50 million for the state’s community college career technical education (CTE) programs, due in part to the persistent efforts of a workforce coalition that includes CMTA.This ...
Occupational grant reform bill moves out of committee
 May 1, 2014

CMTA is supporting SB 1028 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara),a bill that makes much-needed reforms to the process of identifying and prioritizing occupational and technical training areas under the Cal Grant C program. The current process ...
CMTA testifies on saving career tech ed
 April 11, 2014

Efforts to ensure that California continues its commitment to fund workforce development programs in high school cleared its first hurdle this week. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance voted unanimously to establish career ...
USDOL announces Ready to Work Partnership Grant Program
 March 6, 2014

The US Department of Labor (USDOL) has announced the availability of competition for the Long-Term Unemployed H-1B “Ready To Work” Partnerships Grant Program (Ready to Work), which will utilize approximately $150 million in revenues from ...
Applications available for career pathways grant program
 Jan. 23, 2014

The California Career Pathways Trust (CCCT) is a competitive grant program to provide pathways between education and careers. The program was created as part of the 2013-14 State Budget.  This week, in a joint press conference, Senate Pro ...
Invitation to attend Dept of Ed events on CTE partnerships
 Dec. 6, 2013

The California Department of Education, in collaboration with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the California Workforce Investment Board and the Pathways to Prosperity Network, will be hosting “Pathways to ...
Invitation to attend Dept of Ed events on CTE partnerships
 Dec. 6, 2013

The California Department of Education, in collaboration with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the California Workforce Investment Board and the Pathways to Prosperity Network, will be hosting “Pathways to ...
CTE included in LCFF budget compromise
 June 13, 2013

The Governor and Legislative leaders reached a compromise on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) earlier this week that includes funding for career and technical education (CTE). The CTE package is not as strong as we had hoped for but it does ...
CTE protection bill advances
 May 30, 2013

A measure that protects existing funding for career technical training in the K-12 education system was approved this week by the State Senate. SB 660 by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) received bi-partisan support and is now headed to the State ...
PPIC survey on education
 April 25, 2013

In its latest survey, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) examines and focuses on how Californians view the current state education system. According to results, survey participants generally view state school performance as below par, ...
Job Corps resolution advances
 April 12, 2013

Assembly Joint Resolution 13 (AJR 13) by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) expresses the support by the California Legislature for congressional action to reverse the suspension of new student enrollments in the Job Corps program, the ...
Report finds skilled worker supply and demand gap
 April 4, 2013

A new report has found that over $50 billion in personal income could be lost over the next decade should California’s higher education and post-secondary systems fail to graduate sufficient vocational and career trained workers to meet the ...
CMTA supports framework to address state workforce needs
 March 14, 2013

SB 118 by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) creates a framework to get more workforce development dollars to those industries with the greatest labor needs. It requires the state Workforce Investment Board to utilize economic and labor market data ...
GetREAL Coalition Urges Legislature to Protect CTE
 Feb. 22, 2013

GetREAL (Get Relevance in Education and Learning), a coalition of employers, labor organizations and educators concerned that students aren’t being adequately prepared for future careers, this week announced their concern with the use of ...
Discussions begin on changes to API
 Nov. 29, 2012

The Public School Accountability Act (PSAA) Advisory Committee met this week to begin discussions on the implementation of SB 1458 (Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento), a bill that was signed this year by Governor Jerry Brown and supported by CMTA. ...
School finance reform discussion continues
 Nov. 1, 2012

The Governor’s Office, Department of Finance and Superintendent of Public Instruction are convening a series of stakeholder meetings to continue discussions on the Weighted Pupil Formula (WPF), a school finance reform model presented last year ...
Governor signs bill to redefine the Academic Performance Index for High Schools
 Sept. 28, 2012

This week Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills aimed at improving education in California.  Among them was CMTA-supported SB 1458 by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).  This measure redefines the Academic ...
High threat level for California economy with cap and trade
 Sept. 21, 2012

On Thursday, September 20th, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) moved another step closer to the November 14 auction of allowances in the cap and trade program set to start in 2013.  The Board heard a “ready to go” report ...
Governor signs bill to extend CA Community College Workforce Development Program
 Sept. 21, 2012

Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1402 by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) to reauthorize the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) program that was scheduled to sunset at the end of the year.  CMTA ...
State officials take on workforce investment plan
 Aug. 16, 2012

Last month, state workforce development officials took initial steps to develop the State’s first Strategic Workforce Investment Plan (Plan).  By law, the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) has been required to develop this Plan ...
CMTA visits career tech high school that provides dropouts with skills and a future
 March 23, 2012

According to the “Alliance for Excellent Education”, 1000 recovered high school dropouts will earn an additional $15 million each year and generate $1.8 million in state and local revenues. California's high school dropout rates are over ...
Help needed: "California manufacturing jobs in demand" project
 Feb. 17, 2012

The California Labor Market Information Division is doing an analysis of real-time job demand in California manufacturing firms, and they need your help. The California report is going to mirror a recent national CREC report that similarly ...
CTE now optional graduation requirement
 Oct. 14, 2011

On Sunday, October 9, the deadline to sign or veto bills, Governor Brown decided the fate of many education bills sitting on his desk. On Career Technical Education (CTE) bills, we had two victories and a couple of set backs. On the positive side, ...
Governor vetoes CTE legislation
 Oct. 8, 2010

In a surprising turn of events Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 2446 (Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach) which would have included a Career Technical Education course within the options that students must meet under the state’s high school ...
CTE bill on Governorís desk
 Sept. 17, 2010

A bill awaiting the Governor’s signature, AB 2446 (Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach), would provide students the option of taking a Career Technical Education (CTE) course to fulfill one of the 13 state mandated courses for high school ...
CTE bill to cause harm rather than good
 June 18, 2010

On June 23 the Senate Education Committee will hear AB 1223 (Marty Block, D-San Diego) which defines “linked learning programs” in such a way as to drastically limit the type of Career Technical Education (CTE) courses that are ...
CTE given as choice for HS graduation
 April 16, 2010

A bill to add career technical education (CTE) as an option for pupils to fulfill their high school graduation requirement has passed its first policy committee. AB 2446 (Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach) is designed to give students choice and access ...
CMTA sponsors bill to protect training funds
 April 2, 2010

CMTA is again sponsoring a bill to protect and maximize the amount of training funds in the Employment Training Fund (ETF). AB 1804 (Curt Hagman, Diamond Bar) specifically eliminates the provision that allows for the diversion of ETF dollars to the ...
Educationís race to the top
 Nov. 20, 2009

President Obama has recently challenged all states in the union to compete for $4 billion in new federal grant dollars, known as Race to the Top (RTTT).  States must go through an application process illustrating how they will raise student ...
Register for Golf Tournament benefiting Get REAL coalition
 Sept. 9, 2009

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the California State Building and Construction Trades Council is holding its third annual golf tournament to benefit the Get REAL coalition (Relevance in Education and Learning) on Monday, ...
CTE bill heading to Governorís desk
 Sept. 10, 2009

After a unanimous vote on the Senate floor, SB 147 (Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord) heads to the Governor. The bill directs the California State University (CSU) system to recognize rigorous career and technical education (CTE) courses as ...
Help promote a California Career Readiness Certificate
 Sept. 4, 2009

The California Space Authority (CSA) is working with other industry clusters, to determine a recommendation about whether or not California should implement a statewide work and career readiness certificate (CRC) program. CMTA is helping to ...
SB 381 on the Assembly Suspense File
 Aug. 21, 2009

This week the Assembly Appropriations Committee reviewed hundreds of bills and among them was SB 381 (Wright), a career technical education (CTE) bill that attempts to reinvigorate CTE at the high school level.  SB 381 would require school ...
CTE bill passes Assembly Education Committee
 July 10, 2009

After passionate testimony from the author, Senator Rod Wright, SB 381 passed 6-3 from the Assembly Education Committee on July 8th.  The bill promotes equal access for students to both college-prep "A-G" and Career and Technical Education ...
CTE aerospace program passes another committee
 July 2, 2009

On Wednesday, July 1, the Assembly Higher Education Committee passed SB 747 (Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles) by unanimous consent. This bill establishes a pilot pre-apprentice Aerospace Machining Program designed to increase the number of high school ...
CTE bills advance
 May 1, 2009

This week, the Senate Education Committee unanimously passed SB 747 (Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles) which establishes a pilot pre-apprentice Aerospace Machining Program designed to increase the number of high school students choosing to pursue ...
Requiring career and technical education for CSU admission
 March 13, 2009

On March 25th, the Senate Education Committee will consider SB 147 (Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord) requiring students to have career and technical education (CTE) courses in order to be admitted into the state’s public university systems.  ...
CMTA President to opine on State plan to move algebra standard to 8th grade
 Aug. 15, 2008

On Monday, August 18 at 11:00 am, CMTA President Jack Stewart will participate in a 30-minute online live interview with Sacramento's ABC affiliate Channel 10 regarding the State's recent policy to move our algebra standard to the 8th grade.You can ...
GetREAL Golf Tournament
 Sept. 27, 2007

October 29, Rancho MurietaThe California State Building Trades Council and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) are co-sponsoring their 1st Annual Golf Tournament at Rancho Murieta Country Club.  The goal of this ...
Senators vote for career tech bill
 June 8, 2007

SB 672 (Tom Torlakson D-Antioch) adds career and technical education (CTE) to the high school graduation requirements. Sponsored by CMTA and a broad coalition of business, labor and education, the bill moved to the assembly with 33 senators voting ...
Increased CTE funding bill gains momentum
 May 11, 2007

Increased funding for career technical education (CTE) and AB 1414 (Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley) gained more momentum this week in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  After Get REAL principals, CMTA president Jack Stewart and State Building ...
Workforce Investment Board and community colleges holding statewide apprenticeship meetings in May
 May 4, 2007

Dr. Mark Drummond, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, and Barbara Halsey, Executive Director of the California Workforce Investment Board, are holding a series of statewide meetings, from May 15 to May 23, on how business can benefit ...
Substantial career tech bills pass first test
 April 27, 2007

SB 672 (Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch), a two-CTE course requirement for high school graduation, and AB 1414 (Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley), a bill providing funding for standards-aligned CTE classes, both passed out of the Senate and Assembly Education ...
Career Tech Education, Get REAL coalition website launched
 April 20, 2007

CMTA supports rebuilding the career technical education infrastructure in the public schools.  To that end, we are leaders in Get REAL, a coalition of business, labor and educators to promote CTE legislation and policies. We invite you to ...
Secretary of education appointed: Get REAL coalition confident he'll work to increase CTE courses
 March 30, 2007

In a press release this week, CMTA and the Get REAL coalition commended the Governor's appointment and pledged to work with David Long, the new State Secretary of Education, to expand career technical education and strengthen academics. Long has ...
Career Tech Education "Get REAL" campaign
 March 23, 2007

Get REAL (Relevance in Education and Learning) is a new coalition of business, public safety groups, labor unions and teachers to restore Career Technical Education in the schools. Spearheaded by CMTA, Get REAL believes that California should ...
Career technical education gets a boost
 Nov. 10, 2006

Voters on November 7 approved the "Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006" (Prop. 1D) to provide more than $10 billion for modernization and construction of school facilities.  CMTA supported the bond measure, in ...
Career Tech Education gets a hearing
 May 11, 2006

High School students wishing to attend University of California must fulfill what is known as the "A through G" requirements: a certain number and type of courses designated to prepare students to succeed in higher education.  The ...
Employment Training Panel Legislation Pending
 May 27, 2005

Two pieces of legislation are currently pending in the Legislature that will alter the Employment Training Panel (ETP).  ETP partners with businesses, predominantly manufacturers, to provide employees with the skills they need to remain ...
Voc Ed Recommendations (Volume IV, Chapter 3, ETV 25)
 Oct. 8, 2004

CMTA supports the recommendations related to career and technical education (CTE). The expansion of strong CTE programs in our public school system will provide enormous benefits to both manufacturers and the students engaged in these programs. The ...
Californiaís Master Plan for Education
 Jan. 9, 2004

This year the Joint Legislative Master Plan Committee, chaired by Senator Dede Alpert (D-San Diego), will seek to ensure that the legal structure is in place to implement the stateís new Master Plan for pre-kindergarten through university public ...
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