VillivalamSPRINGFIELD- A measure sponsored by State Senator Ram Villivalam would make it easier for people who have completed masonry programs to receive community college credit.

“Many choose to pursue trade programs after high school, including masonry, carpentry, or plumbing,” said Villivalam. “Making sure that there are options for furthering education is vital for our workers and local economy.”

Villivalam’s measure would ensure that community colleges accept up to 30 credit hours transferred from a non-degree institution for finishing a masonry program. Currently there are 36 non-degree programs that can be approved, which include programs such as general carpentry, pharmacy technician and welding.

“By adding masonry to the list of programs that can be approved, we are continuing to open doors for youth within our community,” said Villivalam. “This furthers the commitment to making education not only accessible, but a reality, for many.”

House Bill 5369 passed the Senate on Thursday and now heads to the governor’s desk.