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Tue February 4, 2014
Ala. House GOP Pushes Worker Training Program
Alabama House Republicans are pushing for the expansion of a program that lets high school students take job training classes at two-year colleges.
Students already can enroll in classes like welding and aviation mechanics while completing their high school studies.
Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard says expanding the program will boost the number of skilled workers in the state.
The proposed legislation would create a $10 million scholarship program to expand the state's current dual enrollment program.
The state would pay for the expansion by giving a tax credit to donating businesses. The businesses could steer part of their donation to help train students in a particular field.
Legislators estimated that $10 million in scholarships would allow 9,542 new students to participate in the program.