Workforce and Veterans Focus of Senate Higher Education

The Senate Higher Education Committee met this afternoon, February 5, to talk about workforce and hear a number of bills.

The committee focused on a single topic for the work session, the Washington Workforce Board.   Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board provided an upate on the work of the Board.

The Committee then held a public hearing on several pieces of legislation.

Senate Bills 5179, 5318, 5343
This series of legislation focuses on increasing access for student veterans at Washington’s higher education institutions.

Senate Bills 5179 and 5318 removes the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition.

Senate Bill 5343 would allow a member of the Washington National Guard or any other military reserve component who is a student at an institution of higher education and who is ordered for a period of 30 days or less to either active or inactive state or federal service and as a result of that service or a follow-up medical treatment for injury incurred during that service misses any of the following: class, test, examination, laboratory, class day on which a written or oral assignment is due, or other event upon which a course grade or evaluation is based, is entitled to make up these events without prejudice to the final course grade or evaluation.

Evergreen supports this legislation.

Senate Bill 5131

Senate Bill 5131 provides a tax incentive for donations of modern laboratory equipment to higher education institutions and vocational skills centers.

Evergreen, along with the Council of Presidents, asked that the committee consider amending the bill to include the public, four-year institutions as eligible institutons under this legislation.

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