STATEHOUSE – Legislation co-authored by State Representative Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) regarding career and technical education diplomas was signed into law by Governor Pence.
House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1213 requires the Indiana Career Council to appoint a subcommittee to review the current Core 40 diploma course offerings, make recommendations to the State Board of Education concerning changing course requirements and make recommendations concerning career and technical education (CTE) offerings.
“As Co-Chairman of the Interim Study Committee on Economic Development, I heard testimony over the summer of the advantages of CTE,” said Rep. Messmer. “Students who take CTE classes are less likely to require remediation at the postsecondary level. This is a great program with proven results, and I am happy that Indiana has decided to take a more in-depth look into how we can make the program even better.”
The subcommittee will include a member of each work council and representatives of high school career and technical education programs, the Department of Education, community colleges, the Commission for Higher Education and industry leaders.
“Ultimately, after studying this issue in further detail, I would like to see Indiana create a CTE diploma,” said Rep. Messmer. “Not all students are designed for jobs that require a four-year degree. A CTE diploma would provide for the more specific needs of Indiana students, giving them options to more adequately prepare for the career path of their choice.”
HEA 1213 will go into effect on July 1, 2014.