The New Jersey Senate gave final legislative approval on Thursday, October 23, to two additional bills in the career and technical education package designed to increase the state’s focus on career readiness, expand career and technical education opportunities and help to address the workforce needs of New Jersey employers.
The measures now head to Governor Christie for consideration. Five additional bills which would enhance career and technical opportunities received final legislative approval last week and are also on the Governor’s desk.
“The New Jersey county vocational-technical school community is very grateful to the sponsors and all of the Senators and Assembly Members from both parties who voted for these bills and the five other measures that were considered by the Legislature,” said Dr. Howard Lerner, the superintendent of Bergen County Technical Schools and the NJCCVTS president.
He also thanked the more than 175 members of the NJ Employer Coalition for Technical Education, which was launched in February under the leadership of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and NJCCVTS.
“The bills in this legislative package respond to many recommendations of this coalition, which represents New Jersey businesses of all types and sizes, labor organizations, trade associations and policy makers,” Dr Lerner said.
The two bills approved Thursday are:
S2229/A3340, which supports the expansion of career and technical education programs by creating a mechanism to recognize significant one-year enrollment growth of 10% or more, including conversion from shared-time to full-time programs. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 27-9.
S2230/A3341 , which restores state aid for adult high school and adult vocational training programs that play a critical role in preparing out-of-school youth and adults for entry into the workforce. The bill was approved by a vote of 28-7.