SB6274 creates a new Passport To Apprenticeship Opportunities program that will establish pathways for former or current youth in foster care or youth experiencing homelessness to access apprenticeship opportunities.
The program hastwo primary components:
- Increase outreach to foster and homeless youth between the ages of thirteen and eighteen regarding the registered apprenticeship opportunities available to them and how to apply; and
- Provide financial assistance to former foster and homeless youth to meet registered apprenticeship entrance requirements and occupational-specific costs, and providing supportive services to help them register for and complete an apprenticeship.
As amended by the Higher Ed & Workforce Development committee, 6274 clarifies the age eligibility for the program and entities that will identify the eligible students, and the entities that will award the funds for the Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities program.
Also established is a total award amount in participation for the two Passport to Careers programs based on the amount of attending the public university with the highest annual tuition and state-mandated fees in the state for five years.
The student may not utilize the Passport to College Promise program and the Apprenticeship Opportunities program concurrently, but may at different times. OSPI is included as an agency that may identify students eligible for services.
“Unaccompanied” youth are added to the eligibility of homeless youth.