Sacramento – Senator George Runner's (R-Antelope Valley) legislation to strengthen vocational education programs was signed into law today as a part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's vocational education package. Senate Bill 875 will incorporate a vocational education component into the After School Education and Safety Program.
"This new law is a part of the overall goal of emphasizing the importance of vocational education in preparing young Californians for success in the workforce and to recognize it as an honorable option for students," said Runner.
"I am very pleased that the Governor signed this legislation and has shown his commitment to vocational education. It is an important component of public education that often is dismissed and ignored."
Specifically, Senate Bill 875 would expand the educational enrichment component of the After School Education and Safety Program to include career technical education. This legislation is also sponsored by the Automotive Repair Coalition and has received wide support from the California Business Education Association, California Police Activities League, Association of California School Administrators, California Industrial and Technology Education Association, Junior Leagues of California, among many others.
"By incorporating vocational education into after school curriculum, it will make students aware of careers that they may not be currently exposed to," added Runner.
Other bills that were signed today as a part of the Governor's vocational education include:
* Senate Bill 70 by Senator Jack Scott (D-Altadena) strengthens the partnership between community colleges and high schools to reform and expand vocational programs in California.
* Assembly Bill 1609 by Assemblymember Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge) would require schools to include vocational education information on the School Accountability Report Card (SARC).
Senate Bill 875 will go into effect on January 1, 2006.