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Governor Ducey Signs Bill to Expand Education for High-Demand Industries

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phoenix — Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law today to allow career and technical school districts to offer associate degrees, expanding Arizona’s workforce pipeline and paving the way for more higher education options .

“Arizona’s career and technical school districts are providing students with the skills they need for the jobs of the future,” said Governor Ducey. “These high schools teach his 21st-century ‘shop’ classes, often integrating with industry partners to provide students with real-world experience in top industries. Students can now access higher education quickly in a familiar environment. Thank you to Congressman Michelle Udal for your leadership and partnership to expand opportunities for all. ”

Arizona’s Career and Technical Education District (CTED) improves skills training and is a key component of the school-to-career pipeline. Sponsored by Rep. Michelle Udall of Mesa, HB 2034 will make the transition to college seamless for high school students and bring higher education directly to schools.

“Our Career and Technical Education School helps Arizona students be workforce ready while earning a great degree,” said Udall. “This is a very exciting opportunity for students pursuing an associate degree. We’re going to give our district a boost.Governor Ducey is a leader in expanding education choices and we thank you for signing this bill.”

statewide, 101 schools Participated in 14 career and technical education districts.of East Valley Institute of Technology Mesa’s (EVIT) is one of the school districts that will offer associate’s degrees under this new law.

EVIT Superintendent of Education Dr. Chad Wilson said: “By enabling CTED to earn an associate’s degree, this legislation will provide Arizona students and their families with another option for higher education and increase the number of skilled professionals in high-demand Arizona industries. House Bill 2034 is good for students, communities, industry partners, taxpayers, and Arizona.”

As of the 2020-2021 academic year, CTED is served It has approximately 155,950 students and a program acceptance rate of over 97%.

CTED will be able to offer the associate’s degree in the program. Industry in high demand Career List created by the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Arizona Department of Education. Careers in demand include healthcare, information technology, finance, manufacturing, and transportation.

Under the law, CTEDs that choose to offer an associate’s degree are awarded each degree based on certain criteria, including workforce needs, financial and managerial analysis of the feasibility of offering a program, and mitigation of duplication. You have to approve the program.

Governor Ducey also signed 12 other bills into law today.

SB 1327 Alternative Evaluation Advisory Board (Barto)

SB 1654 Schools; Seizure Management; Treatment Planning (CAR)

HB 2119 Civil Rights Restoration; Requirements; Process (Kaiser)

HB 2161 Parental Rights; Schools; Education Records (Kaiser)

HB 2177 Charter School. Fingerprinting; Renewal; Cancellation (Udall)

HB 2322 Haze; Classification; Offense (Cabana)

HB 2398 Man’s Ranch; Heritage Trail Program (Dunn)

HB 2406 Water Fee Fund (Griffin)

HB 2439 School Library. Reviews; Policy (Pingerelli)


HB 2626 Animal Handling; Microchip scanning (Kavanagh)

HB 2645 False Declaration; UCC; Penalty (Diaz)