Governor proposes increase in community college CTE funding

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 23, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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 augmentation will support regional planning that meets labor market demands.

The revised budget plan also proposes to increase the funding rate for career development and college prep noncredit courses to equal the rate provided for credit courses. This change would begin in 2015-16.

Similar to the trend seen in K-12, CTE programs at the community college level have been in decline for decades. Because these courses tend to be much more expensive to offer than traditional academic classes, CTE programs are generally disadvantaged when competing for resources, since colleges received one set dollar amount per full-time equivalent student, regardless of the program cost. Against these funding pressures and absent any incentive to continue these courses, colleges may further reduce their CTE offerings to the detriment of industries like ours.

CMTA is encouraged by this action as it represents a strong initial step towards strengthening career technical training in the community college system. And, we encourage the State Legislature to adopt, and even augment, the Governor’s proposal.

The state’s workforce pipeline, however, must begin before a student reaches community college. For this reason, CMTA continues to push for a fully-funded CTE system within K-12 that is responsive to the growing needs of the state’s most integral economic sectors, like manufacturing.

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