Senator Brodeur, District 9 — Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2021
Senator Brodeur Files Legislation to Enhance Vocational Training Pathways for Students
State Senator Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) yesterday filed Senate Bill 1042, Vocational Pathways, enhancing alternative pathways for students to transition into in-demand careers.
“With the crippling debt many college students now face upon graduation, it’s imperative that our state offers alternatives in addition to traditional 4-year college degrees,” said Senator Brodeur. “This bill will continue to fulfill Governor DeSantis’s Executive Order and help Florida become the number one provider of workforce education programs in the nation by implementing innovative means for students to receive a high-quality education, while also acquiring essential life skills and mastering a trade that meets regional market demand.”
The bill is aimed at enhancing existing Career and Technical Education and apprenticeship programs overseen by the Florida Department of Education. Additionally, it will ensure more postsecondary pathways are accessible to empower Florida’s students. The provisions of the bill include the following:
- Specifies requirements for student learning experiences alongside industry and community professionals in workplace settings to foster firsthand engagement with tasks required in their future career field.
- Increases funding for school districts and the Florida College System, raising per student funding for industry certification programs from $1,000.00 to $3,000.00 for students enrolled in programs leading to employment in critical industry sectors.
- Provides rulemaking authority to the Florida Department of Education to conduct and implement the findings of the statutorily required Career and Technical Education annual review, providing greater flexibility in aligning career and technical education offerings with the needs of employers in middle to high-wage industries.
- Aligns pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship definitions for the purpose of increasing coordination across the state between secondary and postsecondary educational institutions– an alignment that will be particularly helpful to service men and women who have exceptionally high transfer rates.
- Expands rule making authority regarding tuition and fee waivers for students in challenging circumstances (homelessness, custody of the State, etc.) by the State Board of Education and Board of Governors, respectively.
- Expands alternative placement methods and tests for college courses, allowing for best practice recommendations to inform new students’ placement in college-level classes.
- Standardizes course sequences for the mathematic skills needed for success in specific careers through the state-wide articulation agreement between K-12 public schools, career centers, the Florida College System, and the State University System.