Senator Min (D-Irvine) announced two of his bills, Senate Bills (SB) 1080 and SB 1299, passed out of the Senate Committee on Education. These bills will strengthen educational opportunities for both two-year and four-year degree seeking high school students. As California’s workforce faces shortages of vocational and technology industry workers, these measures offer support to students.
“Thank you to the members of the Senate Education Committee for passing out these important measures. California needs to maintain a competitive 21st century workforce and we need to create and invest in career pathways for the next generation of workers. SB 1080 and SB 1299 will expand pathways to educational opportunities at community colleges, and boost the number of STEM majors entering four-year universities, respectively.” Min continued, “The American Dream is not one-size-fits-all. These bills are designed to increase access to the burgeoning industries like technology, healthcare, construction, and others that will help us rebuild California’s post-pandemic economy.”
SB 1080 requires local school districts to notify nearby community colleges when career fairs are taking place. This expands existing state law that requires similar notifications for linkages to local trade schools.
SB 1299 provides a five-year extension to the University of California (UC) residential program for high school aged students with an aptitude in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science, known as COSMOS, has had tremendous success in educating young minds who display academic excellence and fostering their skills to better prepare them for the competitive workforce of the 21st century.