A-3270

“Requires Commissioners of Education and Labor and Workforce Development to study and report on departments’ efforts in providing students with information on employment and in high-demand industries”

NJEA supports Governor Christies recommended changes to A-3270 (Riley, Wagner, Mainor, Giblin).  This legislation requires the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development to review the current efforts of their departments with regard to the information they provide about career guidance and employment opportunities to middle and high school students.

A-3270 originally called for the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development to create an on-line pamphlet that would list the fastest growing industries in the country and state for the next 10 years.  It would also contain employment rates, salary information, and the educational background and training required to obtain these jobs.  Governor Christie conditionally vetoed the bill and recommended the two departments assess the career information they currently provide to make certain it is sufficient.  A report will be made to the Governor no later than three months after the bill is signed into law.

Knowledge is power.  With the introduction of the Common Core State Standards and a college and career ready curriculum, students now more than ever will need to be aware of career opportunities and the current information regarding requirements for employment in high-demand industries.

NJEA supported the previous version of the bill and urges you to vote yes to the Governor’s recommendations.