CTE bills advance

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 1, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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 careers as aerospace technicians.

CMTA believes that SB 747 will advance this industry sector strategy for addressing current and future labor needs, as well as provide career paths for potential employees in the manufacturing industry. SB 747 is the first step toward addressing this workforce shortage and reinvigorating career technical education at the high school level.  

On another good note, the Assembly Education Committee passed AB 554 (Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach) which will help students meet their graduation requirements while still being free to take career technical courses. The bill allows students, with the permission of their parent or guardian and school district, to select career technical education classes to satisfy one of their graduation requirements.  

AB 554 recognizes the importance of career technical coursework as a fundamental part of a well-rounded public education for all students.  It will also provide students with additional options when exploring career paths. AB 554 will empower students and their families to control their educational pathway.

AB 554 and SB 747 now head to their respective appropriations committees.

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