News February 19, 2019

Hathaway Tweak Opens Doors

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow says she is pleased about a new law that provides greater flexibility for Wyoming students to qualify for a Hathaway Scholarship. Balow says the law takes the state one more step toward recognizing the viability of the trades and career readiness training. Specifically, she says the bill allows the state to help deliver the skilled workforce that Wyoming industries need, no matter if that’s a four-year degree or specialized training. She explains that looking to the future, we’re still going to need mechanics with advanced skills to keep our cars on the road, we need welders, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and wind turbine technicians, and there is a growing demand for computer coders, tech engineers, and developers. Senate File 43, signed into law last week by Governor Mark Gordon, expands Hathaway Scholarship opportunities to include Wyoming students with an aptitude and passion for specialty trades.

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