Nicole Rice

Governor's Budget makes investment in career training

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Jan. 23, 2015 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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 that can be expanded on through job training opportunities or postsecondary pursuits.

Although we have witnessed a diversion of K-12 career technical education (CTE) resources over the past several years, Governor Jerry Brown has taken a significant step forward in rebuilding that investment in his 2015-16 Budget proposal.

As part of his $1.2 billion investment in the State’s workforce development system, the Governor has proposed a $250 million investment in CTE in each of the next three years to support a "transitional" CTE Incentive Grant Program. While details are still forthcoming, what is known is that the Incentive Grant would require a one-to-one dollar match by local educational agencies and the production of measurable outcomes to ensure accountability.

His stated goal is to develop a more coordinated approach to preparing the 21st century workforce that results in a framework that is more responsive to employer's needs and labor market trends while providing opportunities for individual advancement and self-sufficiency.

Other workforce proposals contained in the January Budget include:

  • $390.8 million in federal funding for the Workforce Investment Act with $356.3 million allocated to the 49 local workforce investment boards and $34.5 million for program oversight and state discretionary programs that address regional workforce needs and employment barriers for special programs;
  • $500 million of Proposition 98 money from the General Fund for the Adult Education Block Grant;
  • $29.1 million increase in Proposition 98 General Fund support for K-12 and community college apprenticeship programs; and
  • $49 million increase in Proposition 98 General Fund support to reflect increased rates for enhanced non-credit courses at community colleges.

CMTA is encouraged by the Governor's demonstrated commitment to building a strong workforce for the future with a sizable, albeit temporary, investment in K-12 CTE instruction. As the Legislature begins consideration of the budgetary proposals, CMTA will support the creation of a sustainable funding source for vital industry-relevant workforce programs.

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