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Governor Makes CTE a Priority, Dedicates Additional Funds

May Revise Budget brings CTE investment to $175 million, helps prepare students for 21st Century jobs

 May 14, 2007 SACRAMENTO — Members of the GetReal coalition — representing California business, labor, agriculture, education, health care and public safety — today applauded the Governor’s commitment to include, in his May Revise Budget, an additional $50 million for “career technical education” (CTE) instructors, $25 million for CTE counselors and $100 million (one-time spending) for CTE equipment for K-12 students.

“Expanding CTE will make today’s educational curriculum more well-rounded, make education more relevant and equip our students with the skills needed for 21st Century jobs, whether they choose college or not,” said Bob Balgenorth, president of the State Building & Construction Trades Council and co-chair of the GetREAL coalition. “And the people of California are starting to recognize what the Governor has known for years — CTE works. It increases academic rigor and strengthens math and science instruction by providing students with more “hands-on” learning opportunities. It’s the future of education.”

“Governor Schwarzenegger’s continued commitment to CTE indicates the importance of these opportunities to our students and workforce,” said Jack Stewart, president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) and co-chair of GetREAL. “The Governor has said that ‘a college degree is not the only pathway to success.' The proposed increase in CTE funds will help all students find their way in high school, whether it’s a step toward college or immediately to a career.”

CMTA - Gino Dicaro -- 916-498-3347
SBCTC - Jim Lewis -- 916-443-3302

GetREAL coalition members include the American Electronics Association, Antelope Valley Board of Trade, California Aerospace & Technology Alliance,
California Agricultural Teachers Assn., California Assn. of Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors, California Business Education Assn., California Correctional Peace Officers Assn., California Farm Bureau, California Industrial & Technology Education Assn., California Manufacturers & Technology Assn., California Metals Coalition, California Organization of Police & Sheriffs, California Professional Firefighters, California Space Authority, Chevron, Child Abuse Prevention Center, ConocoPhillips, Johnson & Johnson Minorities in Law Enforcement, Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Richmond Children’s Foundation, Segue Career Program, State Building & Construction Trades Council, State of California Auto Dismantlers Assn., Valley Industrial Assn. of Santa Clarita, Ventura Chamber of Commerce, Western States Petroleum Assn.

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