State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) says she’s pleased with the passage of House Bill 697, an education bill that increases the tuition for HOPE Grant recipients at technical colleges.
HB 697 passed on day 40 of the Legislative Session with a Senate amendment that made minor changes to the language of the bill.
“HB 697 will present more opportunities for students to access higher education through our technical schools,” said Evans. “If we strive to attract more competitive jobs and industries, it is imperative that we accept the responsibility and provide a skilled workforce. We cannot fill skilled jobs without technical college graduates, and we won’t have technical college graduates, if we do not provide these students the tuition assistance they need.”
The bill was a bi-partisan effort and was included in the Georgia House Democratic Caucus’ Legislative Agenda for the 2014 Legislation Session.
House Bill 697 will be sent to the Governor for his signature.