Saturday, February 8, 2014
SALEM — Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, co-carried House Bill 4058 on the House Floor. HB 4058 amends the 40-40-20 educational goals to include apprenticeship programs registered with the State Apprenticeship Training Council.
Currently, the “middle 40 percent; primarily recognizes associate degrees. This bill promotes an alternative pathway to college-specific training, growth of family-wage jobs, and encourages employers to become active participants in job training and education, Johnson said in a press release.
“HB 4058 shines a bright light on apprenticeship certification as a means to help us achieve our educational goals and also recognizes that apprenticeship is a legitimate career pathway for Oregonians. I think it’s a great sign that this is the first bill passed by the House in the February session,” said Johnson.
HB 4058 passed out of the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee unanimously and off the House floor with 59 aye votes (one member excused). Next, the bill will be heard in the Senate.
You can view a video of his floor speech by visiting his website, repmarkjohnson.com. For questions or additional information about the resolution, contact Johnson’s office at 503-986-1452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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