L.A. Area Chamber Helps Usher in Multiple Pathways for California Students to Enter College and Careers

Chamber-sponsored AB 2648 is Signed into Law Requiring State to Develop Plan to Integrate College Prep Academics with Career and Technical Education

October 1, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce today claimed victory on the Chamber-sponsored AB 2648 multiple pathways bill with author Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and principal co-author Sen. President pro tempore-elect Darrell Steinberg.  The bill, signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, requires the state to develop plans to implement the “multiple pathways” approach in public high schools across California.

“In today’s global economy, all students need to graduate from high school, prepared for college with real-world skills and experience to compete in the workforce,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  “Signing the AB 2648 multiple pathways bill into law is a major step forward in preparing all California students for jobs in the 21st century economy.”

Based on research that shows the integration of college preparatory coursework and career and technical education engages high school students and reduces drop-out rates, AB 2648 lays the groundwork for restructuring all California public high schools to include multiple pathways preparing students for college, career and civic responsibility.  The bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop plans to implement the multiple pathways model in public high schools statewide and assess the feasibility of expanding these programs in the future.

“Multiple Pathways create options for students that blend rigorous academics with applied career technical education to make sure every student can achieve success,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.  “I applaud the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for their efforts and commitment to improving the quality of education and preparation for California’s future workforce.”

Together with the Regional Economic Association of Leaders (R.E.A.L.) Coalition, an association of 15 business organizations across the state, the L.A. Area Chamber has long-advocated the multiple pathways approach as a way to demonstrate the connection between learning and earning.  By lending industry expertise and guidance to theme-based programs, businesses can help students, educators and administrators develop coursework that is relevant and inspires youth to succeed.

For more information on the L.A. Area Chamber education and workforce development initiatives, visit www.lachamber.com.
 
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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