Governor Ducey signs bill to expand education to in-demand industries

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PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today signed legislation allowing vocational and technical education districts to offer associate’s degrees, paving the way for the growth of Arizona’s workforce and the expansion of higher education options.

“Arizona’s Career and Technical Education Districts are providing students with the skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow,” Governor Ducey said. “These high schools teach 21st century ‘shop’ classes – often integrating with industry partners and giving students real-world experience in top industries. Now students will have higher education at their fingertips, in familiar settings. Thank you to Rep. Michelle Udall for your leadership and partnership in expanding opportunity for all.

Arizona’s Career and Technical Education Districts (CTEDs) enhance career education and are an essential part of the school-to-career pipeline. HB 2034, sponsored by Representative Michelle Udall of Mesa, eases the transition to college for high school students, bringing higher education directly to their school.

“Our career and technical schools help Arizona students prepare for the job market and earn exceptional credentials at the same time and in one place,” Rep. Udall said. “This is a very exciting opportunity for students pursuing an associate’s degree. HB 2034 strengthens our career and technical education districts so students can receive their associate’s degree and enter the field with ease. Governor Ducey has been a leader in expanding choice in education and I thank him for signing this bill.

Statewide, 101 schools joined 14 vocational and technical education districts. the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) in Mesa is one of the districts that plans to offer associate degrees under this new law.

“I want to thank Governor Doug Ducey, Rep. Michelle Udall, Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers, Reps. Walt Blackman, Frank Carroll, and all lawmakers who supported Bill 2034,” said Dr. Chad Wilson , Superintendent of EVIT. “By allowing CTEDs to offer associate degrees, this legislation gives Arizona students and families another choice for higher education and will increase the supply of qualified professionals in Arizona’s high-demand industries. . House Bill 2034 is good for our students, our communities, our industry partners, taxpayers, and the great state of Arizona.

From the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, the CTEDs have served approximately 155,950 students and pass rates for their programs are over 97%.

CTEDs will be able to offer associate degrees for programs that are on the industries in demand and list of careers created by the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Arizona Department of Education. Careers in demand include healthcare, information technology, finance, manufacturing and transportation.

Under the legislation, CTEDs that choose to offer associate degrees must approve each program based on specific criteria, including labor requirements, a financial and administrative analysis of the feasibility of offering the program and duplicate mitigation.

Governor Ducey also signed 12 other bills today:

SB 1327 Alternative Valuation Advisory Board (Barto)

schools SB 1654; crisis management; treatment plans (Kerr)

HB 2119 restoration of civil rights; terms; process (Kaiser)

HB 2161 parental rights; schools; school records (Kaiser)

HB 2177 charter schools; fingerprinting; renewal; revocation (Udall)

hazing HB 2322; classification; offense (Kavanagh)

HB 2398 guy ranches; heritage trails program (Dunn)

Water Quality Levy Fund HB 2406 (Griffin)

school library HB 2439; review; politics (Pingerelli)

HB 2583 DUI; data gathering; study committee (Kavanagh)

HB 2626 animal handling; microchip analysis (Kavanagh)

HB 2645 misrepresentation; CCU; penalty (Diaz)

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