February 21, 1998 in Idaho

Bill Encourages Vocational Schools

Compiled From Wire Services

Members of the Idaho House feel they’re taking a big step toward meeting the demand for trained professionals without college degrees.

The House voted 62-4 on Friday for a bill allowing school districts to set up professional-technical schools, with funding available through the state’s vocational education programs. The measure next goes to the Senate.

Sponsor Rep. Bruce Newcomb, R-Burley, said two-thirds of the students who graduate from Idaho high schools have no marketable job skills without adding a college degree.

“That’s an antiquated system that needs a change in direction,” he said.

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