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Relating to workforce continuing education offered by public junior colleges.
HB 2994 works to further expand workforce and avocational training opportunities to high school students. Costs of attendance for high school students, incarcerated minors, and those individuals in federal correctional facilities (as directed by the federal government). This bill would amend the Education Code to allow contact hours attributable to the enrollment of a student in a workforce continuing education course to be included in formula funding.
The bill would make changes to eligibility requirements and the types of courses which public junior colleges may offer to high school students.
It is critical to the state of Texas that a skilled labor force be fostered here and HB 2994 works to achieve this goal by expanding educational opportunities to high school students. These students will gain real world skills, ready to use upon graduation from high school, without saddling the burden of student loan debt that is the future of many of their peers. This bill expands educational opportunities for Texas students therefore we support this bill.