Learn how HBAs around the country are promoting workforce development in their communities by advocating for – and implementing – legislation in their state houses, accessing grant funding, and working with coalition groups to make their voices stronger.
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Washington State received a grant from the National Governors Association (NGA) to develop a policy framework on career-connected learning opportunities for students of all ages. The BIA of Washington participated on the team of stakeholders that developed seven policies to be implemented throughout the state.
This effort is part the NGA’s broader Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning, which identified 21 career related programs across the state that support career-connected learning opportunities. These “Learning Labs” will help students chart out a pathway to a rewarding career in high-demand fields.
In 2013, the Texas state legislature passed legislation, HB 5, creating a new 22-credit Foundation High School Program. Local school districts are now working with community stakeholders to implement the program, which allows students to earn performance acknowledgments and endorsements in specific subjects. This means that students can work toward college credits and certifications and licenses that allow them to be better prepared to enter the workforce on graduation from high school.
The Texas Association of Builders is working to promote in the program’s Business and Industry endorsement, which is applicable to the architecture and construction industry. These talking points help make the case for why schools should offer this endorsement and why students should pursue this career path.
Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, this new statewide initiative provides funds for dual credit scholarships for all 173 school districts. For the first time in the state’s history, the scholarship funds will pay for dual credit opportunities for Kentucky high schoolers at no cost to the student for approved courses. Scholarships include attending two-year technical colleges throughout the state.
This program provides scholarships to students who earn at least a 2.5 GPA each year of attendance at a certified Kentucky high school. This law allows high school graduates to use their KEES funding for registered apprenticeships.
Kentucky has awarded $100 million in statewide bonds to 40 applicants through the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative (KWRSI) to build a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. The locally driven projects were awarded during two rounds of competition in 2016 and 2017 and include all regions of Kentucky.