Sponsored by state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), the bills are part of the former plumber and code inspector’s plan to make providing alternative career paths to college a priority.
“We have to make clear that there are many well-paying careers that can be launched with an industry credential or an associate’s degree,” Prieto said in a statement. “As we continue to work to revitalize our economy, employers will look to county vocational-technical schools to meet this need. This bill package will make sure our students are ready to go.
Prieto originally instroduced eight bills. The Senate passed five of them by a vote of 30-0. Four of the bills will go straight to the desk of Governor Chris Christie.
The bills will make additional funding available, as well as promoting opportunities for schools to partner with colleges, businesses, and private associations to enhance the real world instruction.