Assemblymember O’Donnell Leads Bipartisan Effort to Expand Career Technical Education

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) and Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R – Templeton) to support career technical education was passed unanimously by the Assembly Education Committee today. AB 445 will continue state funding for career technical education programs.

“Career technical education ensures that California students have multiple paths to success and can be full participants in our economy,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.  “Supporting programs that equip students with the skills to compete in our new globalized economy is essential to building a stronger middle-class.”

“There are 5.5 million job openings in America and many of those do not require a college degree,” said Assemblymember Cunningham. “The goal of public education is to give every child a chance to succeed. Career Technical Education will be the path to success for countless kids, and this bill ensures funding for these programs in our schools.”

AB 445 extends for three additional years $300 million each year for the Career Technical Education Grant Program, enabling schools to provide relevant classes that prepare students to enter the 21st century workforce. The measure has garnered bipartisan support as an essential component to meeting the needs of California’s rapidly changing labor market.

The bill now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill and Catalina Island.

CONTACT: Jesse M. Switzer, (562) 429-0470