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Legislators Push For More Emphasis On Technical Education


A task force designed to encourage more technical school education has released a report that will go to the Wisconsin legislature. The Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness included Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander. He says the goal of the Task Force was to provide young people with knowledge that there are jobs available that don't require a full college education....

".....we want to make sure that students are exposed to what is going on manufacture-wise, construction trade-wise, so they know there are good paying jobs in the manufacturing sector that are family sustaining...."

The Task Force recommended modifying the school report card to value technical education, encourage high school entrepreneurship programs, one time exceptions to levy limits for equipment purchases for technical education programs,integrating math skills in technical education curricula and visa-versa, modify state grant criteria and outcome goals, and implement a clearinghouse for technical education curricula.

Swearingen said they toured a number of schools in the state. He says the report will be reviewed by the appropriate Assembly committees when they return to session

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