MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – During this year's state legislative session, Governor Bentley, along with members of the Alabama House of Representatives and Senate, passed a new bill to help Alabama schools prepare students for their futures and helping them prepare to enter the workforce.
The 21st Century Workforce Act will provide funds for local school systems to update their career and technical education (CTE) classroom technology and equipment.
The goal is to ensure that these courses are fitted with modern resources that meet or even exceed the standards of the global business community. A total of $50 million has been allocated for this initiative.
"The more we concentrate on improving the skills and achievement of our students today, the stronger our economy will be in the future…The 21st Century Workforce Act is a sound investment for Alabama's future prosperity. We want every student in our state to have an opportunity to become a productive and responsible citizen." –Governor Robert Bentley
"It is important that our students be familiar with current workplace procedures, equipment, and expectations – this will give them a real advantage in their future career…It will increase their chances of being employed in high-paying career fields and in earning post-secondary degrees after graduation. The 21st Century Workforce Act will have a great impact on student preparedness in our state." --Thomas Bice, State Superintendent
The 21st Century Workforce Act was sponsored in the state legislature by Rep. Mac Buttram and Sen. Bill Holtzclaw.
This $50 million bond issue will support improvements in CTE programs statewide.
Funds will be distributed as such:
- $10 million - divided among schools based on the technology programs offered
- $20 million - distributed based on the number of CTE students at each local school
- $20 million - distributed through grants
Currently, about two out of every three high school students in Alabama, 461,000 students statewide, participate in a CTE program.
To see copies of the official equipment lists developed, CLICK HERE
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