Five CTE Bills Receive Unanimous Approval in NJ Senate

October 14th, 2014

Five bills in the career and technical education legislative package were approved by the Senate today with strong bi-partisan support.

The measures increase New Jersey’s focus on career readiness, expand career and technical education opportunities and help to address the workforce needs of the state’s employers.

The five bills considered by the Senate today were all approved by unanimous votes of 30-0. Four of the bills now head to the Governor’s desk; three additional measures in the package are awaiting further legislative action later this month.

Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz (center) with NJBIA Director of Policy and Research Andrew Musick and NJCCVTS Executive Director Judy Savage after today's Senate vote.

Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz (center) with NJBIA Director of Policy and Research Andrew Musick and NJCCVTS Executive Director Judy Savage after today’s Senate vote.

“The Senate’s approval of these bills is a great testament to the dedication and commitment of many people in our state who believe that enhanced career and technical education is a key element in New Jersey’s economic future,” said Dr. Howard Lerner, the President of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (NJCCVTS) and the Superintendent of Bergen County Technical Schools.

“It’s an extraordinary day for 21st century education in our state, and our county vocational-technical schools are extremely grateful to the bills’ sponsors, including Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Prieto, Senator Ruiz and Assemblyman Diegnan, and to all of the legislators who voted in favor of these bills,” Dr. Lerner said.

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 approved today 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.

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The measures approved by the Senate today are:

A3334/S2224, which requires the New Jersey School Report Card to include indicators of student career readiness. Prime Sponsors: Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly members Joseph Lagana, Angelica Jimenez, Shelia Oliver, Elena Pintor Marin and David Rible, and Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz and Senator Shirley Turner. 13 Assembly co-sponsors and two Senate co-sponsors

A3335/S2225, which requires teacher and school counselor preparation programs to include coursework to support improved student career readiness. Prime Sponsors: Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly Education Committee Chairman Patrick Diegnan, Jr. Assembly members Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Shelia Oliver, Carmelo Garcia and David Rible, and Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz and Senator Shirley Turner. 12 Assembly co-sponsors and one Senate co-sponsor.

A3337/S2228, which establishes a four-year County Vocational School District Partnership Grant Program in the New Jersey Department of Education. Prime Sponsors: Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly members Angelica Jiminez, Pamela Lampitt, Dan Benson, Ralph Caputo, Sheila Oliver and David Rible, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz and Senator Shirley Turner. Ten Assembly co-sponsors and two Senate co-sponsors.

A3338/S2226, which encourages dual enrollment agreements to provide college-level instruction to high school students through courses offered on the college or high school campus. Prime Sponsors: Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly members Joseph Lagana, Celeste Riley, Sheila Oliver and David Rible, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz and Senator Shirley Turner. 15 Assembly co-sponsors and three Senate co-sponsors.

A3339/S2227, which clarifies that a career and technical education program taught in an industry setting is not subject to school facilities regulations. Prime Sponsors: Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly Education Committee Chairman Patrick Diegnan, Jr. Assembly members Anthony Bucco, Timothy Eustace, Charles Mainor, Joseph Lagana, Shelia Oliver and David Rible, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz and Senator Shirley Turner. 13 Assembly co-sponsors and two Senate co-sponsors.

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