Assemblymember O’Donnell’s New Bill Brings Vocational/Career Technical Opportunities into the Classroom

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Introduction of AB 1743 calls for continued funding for critical programs that keep students in school and strengthen the California work force

(SACRAMENTO) –Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced Assembly Bill 1743 Wednesday to allocate funding for K-12 vocational/career technical education programs in California classrooms.

 “As a teacher for more than 20 years, I know that Vocational/Career Technical Education programs are a must for California students and the California economy,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “Today, not every student will go to college, and not every job requires a college degree. This means that California schools need to offer a path to success for those students not desiring a four-year degree.” He further noted that there are a number of jobs in today’s economy that go unfilled because there is a shortage of workers with technical skills.

“Successful students will build a successful state,” Assemblymember O’Donnell added.

Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Assemblymember O’Donnell is joined in this bipartisan effort by many colleagues who serve as joint authors of this measure: Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton), Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D – Richmond), Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento), Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R – San Luis Obispo), and Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D – Inglewood).

Additional co-authors include: Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord), Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Escondido), Assemblymember Rocky Chavez (R – Oceanside), and Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno).

The bill now awaits referral to its first policy committee.

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

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