Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Shop Class Act would give federal funding to high-tech training and education programs in high schools and institutions. The funding would purchase modern equipment like 3D printers and laser cutters for students to use in classrooms.
Gillibrand says this will prepare students for the technical-skill jobs that are expected to increase to more than 2,500 in the next few years.
Teachers are happy that this will, if passed, provide training for them as well.
"Sometimes schools have the money to purchase 3D printers, but then the educators are not supported to learn how to use that and best include that in their curriculum. So, having both of those pieces is really want leads to student success," said P-Tech math teacher Annie Cartie.
Gillibrand hopes this bill will be approved by the end of the year.