JFC approves boost to youth apprenticeships, career and technical education programs

The Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines to increase state funding for youth apprenticeship grants and career and technical education programs in school districts to help address the state’s workforce shortage.

The committee’s motion, approved 12-4, also cut $1 million annually from a program that largely gives private companies grants to do custom training programs. The move would still leave $5.25 million available each year for the Fast Forward program, which handed out less than $5 million in grants in fiscal year 2021-22.

The motion would provide an additional $3 million...

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