Members of Guilford Delegation File Legislation for CTE Program: HB 275- CTE Pilot for Guilford County Schools
Raleigh, NC – Today Reps. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford), Amos Quick (D-Guilford), John Faircloth (R-Guilford) and Ashton Clemmons (D-Guilford), HB 275- CTE Pilot for Guilford County Schools – which would allocate $3 million to Guilford County Schools to implement a career and technical pilot program. The pilot program would be evaluated and considered for permanency after a six year period.
Guilford County Schools placed this item on their 2019 legislative agenda and requested funds from the General Assembly. The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce also supports the program and placed it on their 2019 legislative agenda.
Reps. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford), Amos Quick (D-Guilford), John Faircloth (R-Guilford) and Ashton Clemmons (D-Guilford), HB 275- CTE Pilot for Guilford County Schools – which would allocate $3 million to Guilford County Schools
This program will provide funding for Guilford County Schools to establish the Innovative Signature Career Academy Program. There is also a tax incentive for businesses that partner with the school district to implement the program. The goal is to enhance career and technical education (CTE) to prepare students for high-wage, high-skill careers. The program would focus on hosting signature career academies at traditional high schools located in the school district in defined areas of CTE.
The program will offer more flexibility for teachers; school and community stakeholder input; partnerships with higher education institutions; and partnerships with businesses and industry.
“We desperately need to promote CTE within our public schools,” Hardister said. “This will help students develop valuable skills that will help them get a job and find a career. Taking this step will help to attract jobs to our region, as companies are in need of skilled workers and a talented workforce.”
“The CTE Pilot Program is an incredible opportunity to support students in building successful futures and our business community to continue to grow our Triad economy,” Clemmons said. “We in the NC General Assembly are proud to support this joint effort between our schools and businesses to lead our county forward.”
“By investing in our career academies, our legislators have the opportunity to improve the vitality and well-being of our communities by reducing economic disparities through better workforce development,” said Sharon L. Contreras, Ph.D., Superintendent of Guilford County Schools. “When students graduate with great skills, good-paying jobs and strong college readiness, we transform not only their lives, but the lives of their posterity.”
Brent Christiansen of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce added, “Career and Technical Education is vitally important to Guilford County students and is a priority of our state legislative agenda for 2019. The communities that have big economic development wins in the coming years will be those investing heavily in workforce development. We applaud the Guilford County legislative delegation for taking the lead to ensure our community has the tools it needs to educate our workforce of the future.”
Here is a link to the bill: