Senator Leyva: Career Technical Education Helps Students, Communities

SB 66 Reauthorizes Successful CTE Program Helping Students, Communities

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO – As the 2015-2016 legislative session proceeds, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced Senate Bill 66 that reauthorizes the Career Technical Education Pathways Program in California.  First enacted in 2005 and currently set to expire on June 30, 2015, SB 66 will statutorily extend the program to June 30, 2018.

This successful program prepares California students to better compete in an ever-changing global economy through partnerships between state education officials, community colleges, K-12 school districts, employers, community partners and other interested stakeholders. SB 66 focuses on developing high-need, high-growth regional job sectors to prepare and train students for jobs that businesses need.  California has recently invested $48 million annually in the program, though future budgetary allocations have not yet been determined.

Since Senator Leyva introduced SB 66 as an urgency measure, the legislation—if approved by the Legislature and Governor—would take effect immediately upon signature by the Governor.

“SB 66 will strengthen the ongoing connection between school and work so that California students are better poised to succeed by integrating their formal education with vital technical knowledge and skills,” Senator Leyva said.  “Since its inception almost 10 years ago, the Career Technical Education Pathways Program has already prepared almost two million Californians for careers of the present and future.  SB 66 will continue to prioritize career technical education for many years to come so that we can continue to develop important career pathways for local students in the 20th State Senate District and throughout California.  As a former union leader and now a public official, I have always strongly believed in equipping Californians with the necessary tools so that they can help themselves and contribute to their local economies.  SB 66 is a critical next step to help people improve their lives and communities.”