Edly-Allen Bill Promoting Career and Technical Options Signed into Law

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Press release from the Office of State Representative Mary Edly-Allen

For immediate release
Aug. 20, 2019

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Legislation introduced by state Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville, to encourage high school counselors to provide students with options on all post-secondary options–including career and technical education pathways–has been signed into law.

“I’ve met with many different job creators in our community who are ready and willing to hire workers into high-paying jobs, but there is a lack of highly skilled workers available and these companies abandon or delay their plans to expand,” said Edly-Allen.

“The lack of skilled labor hurts our entire economy and denies opportunity to potential workers, she added. Four year universities and colleges are not the only pathways to long, stable, and prosperous careers; vocational and technical education can open doors for many students who may not even be aware that these opportunities exist. By providing a student with comprehensive information on every option after high school, we help ensure that high school students have a bright future.”

Edly-Allen’s House Bill 3652 requires high school counselors to provide students with information on all post-secondary options, including four-year colleges, community colleges, and career and technical education schools.

“Illinois school counselors have been leading the way nationally in regards to the implementation of career pathways and transition to postsecondary, so it only makes sense to have a legislation that supports this work,” said Matt Liberatore, President of the Illinois Student Counseling Association.

“With the increasing opportunities around certificates programs, registered apprenticeships, and workplace learning, it is important for counselors to educate and present all available multiple postsecondary pathways that align with a student’s desired goals,” Liberatore added.

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