Recognizing the need for consistent and higher standards in the tech field, Sen. Gary Romine and Rep. Kathy Swan have filed bill that would require the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, to establish minimum graduation requirements for a career and technical education high school certificate.
If the bills were to pass and become law, students entering high school in the 2016-2017 school year and beyond would be eligible to receive a CTE certificate. A CTE certificate will have the same benefits for students that are given by any other high school diploma.
Missouri employers have been looking for certification from prospective employees that will demonstrate they are capable of manufacturing construction trades, IT and healthcare. A CTE certificate must be based on requirements designed to provide students with technical skills and core academic skills. A CTE certificate must demonstrate that the student is ready for a career in a technical field.
Romine is the sponsor of SB 172, which has been passed by the senate and was voted do pass in the House Select Education Committee on April 23. Swan’s bill, HB 380, has faced similar support and passed in the House and was heard in the Senate on April 22.
If either bills become law, curriculum, programs of study, and course offerings must be determined by the local school district based on the needs and interests of the district’s students. The State Board of Education must work in cooperation with individual school districts with the goal of students having access to a minimum offering of six vocational areas of study.
For any questions about this legislation, please contact Brian Bunten, general counsel for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at email@example.com or by phone at 573-634-3511.