The Wisconsin legislature passed several bills that dedicate more resources to career and technical education. Senate Bill 336 would appropriate an additional $500,000 to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for local youth apprenticeship programs in fiscal years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, and Senate Bill 332 would allow people to get job training while still receiving unemployment benefits.

Senate Bill 334 would create a scholarship program for high-performing students who want to pursue technical education, and Senate Bill 331 would establish an incentive program giving school districts up to $1,000 per pupil for developing programs that encourage students to earn certificates in high-demand industries before they graduate high school.

Gov. Scott Walker (R) intends to sign each piece of legislation.