NEWS From the Office of
Representative Kathryn Swan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 10, 2015
CONTACT: Representative Kathryn Swan
Swan's Career and Technology Certificate Bill Passes Missouri House
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--HB 380, sponsored by Rep. Kathryn Swan, (R-Cape Girardeau), passed the Missouri House with overwhelmingly bi-partisan support in a vote of 152/2.
The bill provides that students entering high school in the 2016-2017 school year will be eligible to earn a career and technology education certificate in addition to a high school diploma.
Local school districts will determine the curriculum, programs of study and course offerings based on the needs and interests of their students. The programs will prepare students with technical employability skills for entry-level positions or for additional technical training. Districts may use standards for industry-recognized certificates or credentials.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will establish the minimum requirements for the program and the minimum number of CTE offerings. In addition, the Department will develop a process for recognizing school districts that offer the certificates.
Swan says," With sixty percent of our high school graduates not going to college, a career and technical education program may not only keep our students interested in school, it can give students more choices by preparing them to pursue a career and technical path."