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Bonamici co-sponsors bill to aid high schoolers

U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) have introduced the “Counseling for Career Choice Act” to ensure that high school students are made fully aware of their career and education options prior to graduation.

The legislation would support the development of comprehensive career counseling programs in school districts across the country.

“Too often, students don’t get the advice they need to make college or career decisions based on their unique talents and interests,” said Bonamici. “This legislation will encourage schools to build comprehensive college and career counseling programs that can provide students with the information they need to understand and plan for different options.”

Under the legislation, grants would be used by states or local education agencies to assess current counseling programs and create new counseling frameworks. The bill also provides professional development to counselors to ensure they are able to offer students a compressive understanding of current work force trends and postsecondary opportunities, including non-degree certificate programs, internships, apprenticeships, and two-year and four-year degree programs.

“While a four-year university might be the best fit for some high school students, others might find a two-year degree or a professional certification to be the most promising path to well-paying, rewarding careers,” added Langevin. “Educators and policymakers should be considering all the various pathways to professions.”

Langevin is the co-chair, and Bonamici is a member, of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus.



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