PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lawmakers have passed legislation they hope would strengthen and modernize Rhode Island's career and technical education.
The legislation passed on Saturday proposes the creation of a new board of trustees to oversee the state's career and technical education programs. It also would set up an independent, nonprofit organization to raise money from the private sector to improve the state's career and technical education options.
The 15-member Rhode Island Career and Technical Board of Trustees would replace the statutory State Advisory Council on Vocational Education that has been dormant for several years. The role of trustees includes advising state officials on ways to improve career and technical education.
The nine-member Rhode Island Career and Technical Education Trust has several functions, including that of creating partnerships with businesses to provide internships and other learning opportunities for students.