Georgia Lawmakers Make Strong Commitment to Help K-12 Graduates Find High-Paying Jobs

Georgia Lawmakers Make Strong Commitment to Help K-12 Graduates Find High-Paying Jobs

Georgia students would have a clearer path to high-demand careers following House approval today of Senate Bill 139.

Sponsored in the House by Rep. Buzz Brockway, which amended it to include his HB 963, the bill identifies opportunities for middle and high school students to earn industry-recognized credentials that are linked to high-wage and high-demand occupations.

Industry-recognized credentials help students to learn real-world skills, as well as provide students a pathway to postsecondary education and career success. These credentials may also save parents, students and taxpayers in college costs.

The bill also allows local school systems, charter schools, and career academies to submit career pathway recommendations to the State Board of Education for approval in recognition that there may be significant employer demand for certain skills in local areas.

The bill now returns to the Senate.

“The entire state benefits when students graduate high school with a jumpstart on a high-paying job that meets the needs of Georgia employers. ExcelinEd in Action thanks Rep. Buzz Brockway, the Georgia Chamber, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education and many other employers and trade groups for their support of key language in SB 139.”

Ryan Mahoney, Southeast Legislative Director for ExcelinEd in Action