Watch Sen. Reuven Carlyle’s remarks from a meeting on Thursday morning of the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee during testimony on Senate Bill 6274, which would create the Passport to Careers program administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council.

The bill would expand the innovative and wildly successful Passport to College Promise program that Carlyle helped create in 2007 as a citizen activist prior to winning election to the Legislature.

Specifically, it would create the Passport to Careers program with two pathways. The first would incorporate the Passport to College Promise program and expand it to include people who have experienced homelessness and those who have spent time in a tribal or federal foster care system.

Since 2008, the Passport to College Promise program has provided scholarships to an average of 345 students annually.

The second pathway, the Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities, would establish a program of financial assistance to allow foster youth or youth who have experienced homelessness to pursue registered apprenticeships.

The Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill at a hearing starting at 8 a.m. today.