Assemblymember Frazier Testifies on the Importance of Career Technical Education

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) spoke passionately about the importance of career technical education (CTE) during a hearing on the future of CTE in California. Frazier benefited from CTE – previously called vocational education – when he was in California public schools. The skills he learned in shop classes that he started taking as early as junior high put him on a career path in construction after high school that eventually led to him becoming a contractor and building a successful home construction business. CTE courses have been disappearing from California public schools in recent decades. As an employer, Frazier says this has frustrated and saddened him.  “A lot of kids come out of high school, and they go into the workforce and don’t have this training, and they’re embarrassed because they can’t be helpful so they give up,” Assemblymember Frazier said. “So then they flounder around looking for a place. I think we need to be able to give opportunities to these young individuals.” To hear the rest of his testimony, watch this Assembly Access video.