House Passes Academic-Year Career & Technical Education Governor's School Bill

--Delegate Peace is committed to educational opportunities in Virginia’s Schools--

Central Virginia – Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover) announces passage of House Bill 887. House Bill 887, is a measure to pursue modeling for a Governor's School for Career and Technical Education (CTE).  CTE training provides good paying jobs and strengthens workforce training opportunities in fields such as HVAC, culinary arts, plumbing, electrical, and finance. The bill passed the House today by a vote of 89-9.

While Virginia has some of the best schools and most devoted educators in the world, ranked 4th best overall for K-12 education by Education Week’s “Quality Counts” survey, maintaining these high standards requires Virginia to build on its success and continue to innovate and improve. Such programs like the CTE will produce a highly talented and educated workforce critical for maintaining, evaluating and enhancing Virginia's economic competitiveness.

There was a recent Commonwealth Education Poll conducted by the Wilder School/VCU which was focused on higher education and workforce.   The survey also asked respondents about what they think students need to have in order to succeed.   A majority of Virginians (59%) indicated that it is more important to have specific job knowledge and skills than a college degree from a well-respected university in order to succeed in today’s workplace.  Only 29% thought that a college degree was more important to success.   Eight percent of respondents offered that both are important.   It is interesting to note that the percentage of respondents that indicated job-specific knowledge and skills was 9% higher than a national survey conducted by the Gallup organization that asked the same question. 

Former State School Superintendent Dr. Bill Bosher stated in his recent Sunday education editorial, “Del Chris Peace has introduced a bill that calls for a Governor’s School in trade and technical education. It’s a great idea. While degrees from three wonderful Virginia institutions have been rewarding, it was a father and rural high school that taught basic skills…and the guidance of a master plumber that brought the water back.” 

When speaking about the bill, Delegate Peace said, “Our commitment to a strong future requires an educated workforce. An educated workforce is also key to a competitive workforce, so to that end, one of my goals is to foster an environment where students can get the best education possible which fits their individual career goals. CTE students are not second-class students.”

He continued, “While some students will attend Virginia's universities or community colleges, there are other students who would benefit from a workforce development or career readiness program that provides technical training for jobs in high paying manufacturing fields. I am encouraged by the interest of school board members from the City of Richmond and Hanover counties among other jurisdictions around the state in support of this bill."