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New Jersey education bill moves forward to focus on trade careers

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To address New Jersey’s severe labor shortage, state legislators introduced legislation to promote and create employment opportunities for high school and college students in manufacturing and skill-based jobs.

With unanimous support, the Manufacturing in Higher Education Act passed the Congressional Higher Education Committee on Thursday and headed to the Congressional Committee on Commerce and Economic Development for its approval.

The bill received state Senate approval in June.

The chairman of the committee, Mira Jaycee, Essex Democrat, Morris, called it “extremely popular” while showing her support by reading out the names of organizations representing business interests and the names of county colleges in the state. A bill with

Several state chambers of commerce, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and the New Jersey County College Council have spoken out in support of this.

Students learn to be plumbers at the HoHoKus School of Trade & Technical Sciences, part of Eastwick College in Paterson, New Jersey, Thursday, August 25, 2022. The school reports that more than 300 of his students are enrolled in his five programs at the Electrician's Apprenticeship, the facility. Management, manufacturing technology, plumber's apprenticeship, welding.

“This is a logical transition to an industry that has 10 to 11,000 companies in New Jersey and currently employs around 340,000 people,” said John Kennedy, who heads New Jersey’s manufacturing expansion program. I’m here. According to the U.S. Census, the percentage of manufacturing workers under the age of 35 has fallen from 27% to 23% over the past 20 years, said a spokesperson for the Southern Jersey Chamber of Commerce.