Gansler proposes apprenticeship program in new web video

The Baltimore Sun

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on Thursday released details of his plan to improve education by creating an apprenticeship program for teenagers. 

In the second of his "Front and Center" web videos about his campaign for governor, Gansler called for a program that allows 16-year-old students to get high school credit while learning career skills in internships.

"When, they graduate, they'll have a high school diploma and be job-ready. Or they can go to a community college or to a university," Gansler, a Democrat, running said in the two-minute video posted on YouTube.

His running mate Del. Jolene Ivey said the program would be expanded to include local businesses and include "everything from the electrical trades to health care technicians and more." 

Gansler has previously mentioned the idea of apprenticeships among the policy ideas he began floating this summer before he announced his candidacy for governor.

The two-term attorney general has relied on web videos to introduce himself to voters, to attack his chief political rival Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on the flailing health care exchange and to present a policy idea to give eyeglasses to low-income students.

Del. Heather Mizeur of Montgomery County, is also in the Democratic primary race to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley.

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