Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) introduced legislation to help students access good-paying American manufacturing jobs by creating partnerships between high schools, community colleges, and state apprenticeships. According to the Department of Labor, workers who complete apprenticeships earn $50,000 annually on average. The Youth Access to American Jobs Act would support students starting in high school, through an associate’s degree and into an apprenticeship – helping them become job-ready quickly and effectively. “More students need access to STEM education pathways into manufacturing jobs. This bill builds a direct connection between high school students and good paying jobs,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA.