State Budget Includes $3 Million for County Vocational-Technical School Grants

June 30th, 2014

Governor Chris Christie signed a Fiscal Year 2015 budget that includes funding to expand career and technical education opportunities through county vocational-technical school partnerships with local school districts and colleges.

The $3 million line item was added by the Legislature to support start-up grants for the creation of high-quality career and technical education opportunities in existing facilities.  The partnership grant program funded in the budget is part of Speaker Prieto’s legislative package to expand career and technical education.

“The inclusion of $3 million for county vocational-technical school partnerships with local school districts and colleges will support the creation of career and technical education programs that address employer needs for a highly skilled workforce,” said NJCCVTS Executive Director Judy Savage.  “This is a very positive step to begin addressing the long-term capacity needs of county vocational-technical schools.”

“We are very grateful to the leadership of the Assembly and Senate for making career and technical education a priority in a difficult budget year, and to the Governor for approving this funding as part of the state budget,”  Savage said.  “We look forward to working with the NJ Department of Education on the design of a grant program that will leverage county vocational-technical school expertise to bring new career programs into local high school and college facilities.”

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