Requires establishment of Work and Learn Consortiums by certain educational institutions to establish certificate and degree programs identified in high labor-demand industries
NJEA supports S-2303 (Sweeney, Ruiz, Cunningham). This bill will promote the creation of college-based programs that combine education and job training to better equip students with skills targeted for the modern workforce.
County colleges, county vocational schools, and the local workforce investment board would create “work and learn consortia” and collaborate to create programs that lead to employment in industries with a high demand for qualified employees. A consortium will work to form partnerships with four-year public institutions of higher education to provide additional certificates and baccalaureate degrees; business and industry to identify required credentials and training and to provide internships to enrolled students; and the local chamber of commerce to identify business and industry partners and to market and promote the consortium.
The programs will develop guided pathways for students to earn credentials, using stackable credentials so students can choose to work before finishing all available education opportunities developed by the consortium. Each program offered by a consortium will have an advisory board supported by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Education.
This bill benefits everyone by making training and higher education more accessible and affordable while meeting employment needs in the local job market.
NJEA asks you to vote yes on S-2303.
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