Senate Bill 65(S) is a bipartisan bill with lead bipartisan sponsorship from Senator Brian Pettyjohn and Representative Bill Bush that establishes the Focus on Alternative Skills Training Program (“FAST”). It passed the House 40-0-1 and the Senate 21-0.
FAST will provide tuition, up to $9,000, to Delaware residents who have graduated high school or have received their GED so that they can attend a non-degree credit certificate program. The Workforce Development Board will create a list of non-degree credit certificate programs approved for the FAST program. This will help Delawareans complete training programs in a skilled field that does not require a college degree, like a skilled trade such as electrician, plumbers, etc.
|Senate Bill 65(S) Sponsors||Yes Vote||No Vote|
|Pettyjohn, Hocker, WIlson, Mantzavinos, Paradee, Sokola||Senate Passed 21-0. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson|
|Bush, Bennett, Brady, Shupe, Briggs King, Dukes, D.Short, M.Smith, Spiegelman, Yearick||House Passed 40-0-1. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton Briggs King Collins D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick||Postles (Absent)|
|Current Status —||Sent to Governor|
Rep. Bush: “I am pleased that SS1 to SB 65 passed the House of Representatives today and is on its way to the Governor. […] FAST will provide tuition assistance to Delaware residents who have obtained a high school diploma, diploma of alternate achievement standards, or a Delaware secondary credential and have enrolled in an approved non-degree credit certificate program.”