Governor signs career exploration bill

The bill authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas of Bakersfield will incorporate career exploration into after school programs in high schools.
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Bakersfield Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D) says his bill has been signed by the Governor. AB 547 will incorporate career exploration into after school programs provided in high schools.

“We need to ensure that young adults are prepared for the real world when they leave high school,” said Salas. “AB 547 will help students get ready to enter the modern workforce by exposing them to the practices and the requirements for a variety of careers. I am grateful for Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s assistance with this bill, and I applaud the Governor for signing it.”

Twenty-first Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) is a federally funded, state administered program that expands before and after school student support specifically for academic enrichment. AB 547 adds a career exploration component to the ASSETs program.

The career exploration component will especially benefit low-income students by providing them with the opportunity to consider different career paths and the skills needed for success.

The new law takes effect January 1, 2014.
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