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Legislators hope a package of bills introduced last week will expand apprenticeship opportunities in high-demand fields by creating the necessary infrastructure.

Legislators hope a package of bills introduced this week will expand apprenticeship opportunities in high-demand fields by creating the necessary infrastructure.

The bills would provide tax incentives, establish regional programs and provide funding to incentivize participation.

Three of the 10 bills were released from the Senate Labor Committee on Monday and head to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for consideration.

The first bill provides corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for businesses that participate in Department of Labor-registered apprenticeship programs.

The second bill provides a tuition fee waiver for apprenticeship courses.

The third bill establishes a three-year youth apprenticeship pilot program in the Department of Education.

Other education bills in the Legislature

Several other pieces of legislation related to education were approved in committees of the state Legislature on Monday.

Among the proposed legislation are two bills that would address the educational rights and needs of deaf students, which advanced to the full Senate for a vote. The first bill would require school districts to recognize the rights of students who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind by creating the “Deaf Student’s Bill of Rights.”

The second bill would establish a Working Group on Deaf Education in the Department of Education.

Another bill that will head to the full Senate would appropriate $11.3 million in supplemental funds to increase per-pupil funding for nonpublic security aid from $75 per student to $150 per student. The funding would come from the general fund and go to the Department of Education for security services, equipment and technology at private schools.

Legislation establishing a pilot program to fund nontraditional STEM programs also advanced. The program would award matching grants of up to $150,000 each to school districts that support nontraditional STEM teaching methods for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and student participation in nonprofit STEM competitions, among other things.

The bill would establish the four-year New Jersey Early Innovation Inspiration School Grant Pilot Program in the Department of Education. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

The Assembly advanced a bill Monday addressing the issue of food insecurity among students of higher education. The bill will create a grant program for institutions that are designated by the Secretary of Higher Education as hunger-free campuses.

H.S. seniors invited to write about Alzheimer’s impact

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is inviting college-bound high school seniors across the country to enter its 2019 Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest for the chance to earn money for college. The annual program has awarded more than $250,000 in college scholarships since its inception. The deadline to submit essays is Feb. 15.

To learn more, visit alzfdn.org and click on the “Teen Scholarship Essay Contest” tab in the top menu.

Annual poinsettia sale at Cape Tech’s greenhouse

Cape May County Technical High School’s Agriscience and Horticultural program holiday plant sale is underway. Plants can be purchased at the greenhouse behind the school at 188 Crest Haven Road. The event runs 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Dec. 20.

For more information, visit capemaytech.com.

Applications available for Jersey Fresh award

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced registration has begun for farmers wishing to participate in the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award. The program is an opportunity for farmers to highlight their Farm to School efforts and provide them with resources to help feature their Jersey Fresh produce in local school meals.

Farmers can register for the 2019 program at farmtoschool.nj.gov. The deadline to submit the application is March 15.

Contact: 609-272-7251 CLowe@pressofac.com Twitter @clairelowe

Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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