April 27, 2018 – -Many Almond Alliance members have been identifying the need for skilled workforce at all levels,so the association has taken an active role in supporting two career technical education proposals. The Alliance has been working closely with the Brown Administration and the author’s office to ensure that the programs have funding and proper accountability and structure.
AB 1743 (O’Donnell) would extend the career technical education incentive grant to ensure continued funding for critical training programs in K-12. It calls for an increased investment of $1.5 billion over three years with a dollar-for-dollar match from the locals. It also adds additional performance requirements and strengthens reporting requirements and oversight. The other proposal is a budget change proposal included in the Governor’s January 10 budget, in the tune of two hundred million dollars annually for career technical education and providing a new infrastructure by dispersing the funding through regional consortiums at the community college level. The proposal also includes $12 million of ongoing funding for industry “sector experts” that will coordinate the programs regionally, help model programs, develop curriculum and work with industry.