Nicole Rice

New CTE committee announced

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Feb. 20, 2015

As a sign of the growing importance of and need for a technically-trained 21st century workforce, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) announced the creation of a select committee focused on enhancing the state’s career technical education (CTE) system. Heading the new “Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Building a 21st Century Workforce” will be Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood), the newly-elected legislator from the 62nd Assembly District who is proving to be a strong advocate for building and expanding a robust, industry-relevant CTE structure in California.

“With strong career education programs and partnerships with industry leaders, we’ll be able to give students from all economic backgrounds access to cutting edge skills and solid jobs,” stated Assemblymember Burke in her press release announcing the formation of the select committee.

As the industrial workforce continues to retire and global competition demands greater innovation and technology, California manufacturers will need a stable and reliable pipeline of highly-skilled workers in order to expand operations and meet future job demands.

During the course of the 2015-16 legislative session, the select committee will hold hearings in both Southern and Northern California to examine state-of-the-art programs, explore the essential role these programs can play in the future of the state’s growing economy and make recommendations for future legislation and budgetary investments. CMTA looks forward to working withthe select committee as well as other policy makers in developing a comprehensive strategy to meet the workforce needs of California’s manufacturers.

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