Technical Education Bill Fails amid concern in Wyoming House

Written by on February 25, 2019

A legislative report from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle stated Wyoming lawmakers defeated a proposed technical-education grant program at community colleges Friday amid concern it would cost the state millions without delivering intended results.
The bill, which failed in the state House 31-28, would have boosted community college funding while allocating up to $2 million a year for students pursuing technical training such as welding or computer programming.
Proponents — including Republican Rep. Art Washut of Casper, pointed out that recipients wouldn’t have needed a high school diploma, encouraging adults and other nontraditional students to get training for well-paying jobs.
Others, however, wondered what the program would do differently than what are already provided by community colleges and scholarship programs.
Opponents, including Republican Rep. Mike Greear of Worland, worried the bill simply provided more money to community colleges without coordinating with businesses to provide training.
Greear expanded on his reservations on the bill, quote, “This needs to be worked quite a bit more. What’s lacking is any reference to cooperation with industry. This is just throwing money at the issue and hoping that things change.” End quote.
The bill earlier passed the Senate 28-0.

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