Wednesday, February 15, 2012
President Obama’s budget may be getting a rough reception on Capitol Hill, but California community colleges are excited about his call for eight billion dollars to fund career-technical education.
Chancellor Jack Scott said the state’s 112 community colleges would stand a great chance of winning some of that federal grant money. "We certainly are going to be competitive, because we’ve got just a lot of our colleges that are very active in career technical education and working with businesses throughout the state," said Scott.
Career-tech or vocational programs involve training for specific jobs. California community college programs include fields like green-tech, health care and agriculture.
The chancellor said state budget cuts have made it harder for community colleges to expand such programs. He commented that the president’s proposal would be “a real shot in the arm.”
Both houses of Congress would need to approve the eight billion dollar program for it to take effect.