McCaslin bill to promote expert volunteers in CTE passes House

'It should be our goal to connect kids to careers whenever possible,' says McCaslin

Legislation to give middle school students greater understanding about career and technical education (CTE) options passed the state House of Representatives today.

Rep. Bob McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley, sponsored the bill.

“It should be our goal to connect kids to careers whenever possible,” said McCaslin.  “So often our students think a four-year college degree is the path to a successful career – and for some, that may very well be the case.  But for others, a career in the trades and technical industries is a much more viable option.  This legislation recognizes that fact and encourages schools to recruit experts in the career and technical trades to serve as volunteers in the classroom.”

House Bill 2641 requires school districts to adopt a policy to promote the recruitment and use of industry and trade expert volunteers in career and technical education courses offered in grades 7 and 8.  The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is directed to work with the Washington State School Directors' Association and a state association representing CTE to develop the model policy and supporting documents.

McCaslin, who has spent the past 30 years as a school teacher, said the idea for the bill came directly from his involvement in the classroom.

“When we were listing all the things the students prioritized when deciding on a career – money, happiness, reputation, fame – they were all thinking about careers that typically required a four-year university degree,” said McCaslin.  “And yet most of these priorities are also available through skilled trades that often start in apprentice programs and internships.  Unless students are specifically exposed to these opportunities many of them won't ever think twice about a potential career in CTE.”

McCaslin's bill passed the House unanimously and now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

The 60-day 2018 legislative session is scheduled to end March 8.

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