FRANKFORT, KY– Representative Dean Schamore has pre-filed legislation that will allow Kentucky high school students planning to enter a registered apprenticeship program to access KEES (Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship) scholarship funds for their tuition and tool expenses. Kentucky’s KEES program provides scholarships to high school students who earn at least a 2.5 GPA each year they attended a KY certified high school. Currently the money is permitted at accredited colleges only.
“Registered apprenticeship programs are a proven approach to preparing workers for jobs and meeting the needs of Kentucky’s manufacturers and employers,” said Representative Dean Schamore. “The apprenticeship model is on the rise and we should do all we can to help students build a pathway towards preparation for good jobs and wages.”
When the General Assembly begins its 2017 session in January, Rep. Schamore will shepherd the legislation through the committee and legislative process. “I look forward to building support for this important bill and will work hard to pass it during this upcoming session,” added Schamore.
Rep. Schamore is an entrepreneur, the founder and owner of Digital Connections Plus located in Hardinsburg in Breckinridge County. Elected in 2014, Rep. Schamore represents House District 10, which includes Breckinridge, Hancock and portions of Hardin County that include Radcliff and Vine Grove. He serves as Vice Chair of the Veterans, Military, and Public Safety Committee. He also serves on Agriculture and Small Business, Economic Development, the Appropriations and Revenue, Tourism Development & Energy Committees and he serves as Vice Chairman of the Advanced Communications & Information Technology committee.