Student financial aid reform bill heads to the Governor

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 28, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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 C program.

SB 1028 appropriately requires the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to consult with the agencies that comprise the state’s workforce development system, as well as industry professionals and local educators, to make determinations on priority areas of vocational training.

By doing so, it ensures that those skills that are in high-demand and integral to maintaining and growing California’s key industries, like Advanced Manufacturing, will be elevated. And, it allows CSAC to benefit from the work that has already been done by these workforce development agencies to compile labor market data and develop strategies to address the state’s skills gap challenges.

The bill calls for further improvements to the Cal Grant C program by expanding its use to cover living expenses and giving greater weight in the award process to applicants who face economic hardships, including the long-term unemployed. Together, these enhancements will increase the intended utilization of the award and result in a more robust workforce pipeline.

CMTA is urging the Governor to sign the bill.

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