For years, we have been promoting the idea of afterschool programs offering apprenticeships - real-life experience in a work-based setting. Thus, we were pleased to hear that one of the bills sitting on the governor's desk for signing is Senate Bill 923 authored by Senator Fran Pavley, which would create a grant program called the Educational Apprenticeship Innovation Prize or EdPrize.
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This bill would significantly increase the opportunities for youth to have paid work in their chosen field "while simultaneously going to school to learn the craft – are common in the construction trades, yet few other industries have embraced the model."1
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Letters of support for SB 923 can be mailed to Governor Jerry Brown's office here.
1 Maitre, Michelle; "Bill to expand apprenticeships awaits governor"; EdSource Article; [http://edsource.org/2014/bill-to-expand-apprenticeships-awaits-governor/67100#.VBd1-2RdWyw]; September 2, 2014