Senate approves Angel’s bill to help students gain job skills online

OLYMPIA — Less than a month into the 2014 legislative session, the state Senate gave unanimous approval to Sen. Jan Angel’s measure to extend online learning to students seeking certification in the cosmetology industry.

Senate Bill 5996 would provide students who are pursuing a license in cosmetology, manicuring, barbering, esthetics or instructor-training the option of completing specific coursework through distance or online learning.

“The advantages to online learning are boundless,” said Angel (R-Port Orchard). “Of course there is still a need for ample hands-on training for this type of vocational work, but giving students the option of online learning offers increased flexibility, particularly for students who are balancing work and family commitments. Ultimately, it will help students complete their training and secure a job much sooner.”

After Angel explained the purpose of her bill and asked for the Senate’s approval, she upheld a Senate tradition: following a senator’s first speech in the Senate chamber, he or she distributes gifts representing his or her legislative district.

Angel distributed bags with information touting the 26th District’s three largest cities — Bremerton, Gig Harbor, and Port Orchard — as well as some “Seagull Plop” candy made in her hometown to highlight Port Orchard’s nationally recognized annual seagull-calling contest.


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