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Sen. Kruse’s Vocational Education Legislation Signed into Law
Start Date: 4/15/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/15/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Regional Councils to Improve Career and Technical Education

STATEHOUSE (April 15, 2013) — Gov. Mike Pence today signed legislation by State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) that will enhance high school vocational education programs and help address the state’s skills gap.

A focus of Pence’s Roadmap for Indiana, Senate Enrolled Act 465 allows the governor to create Indiana Works Councils, each serving a different region of the state. These councils will oversee career, vocational and technical education programs in high schools in their area to make sure more students graduate with job-ready skills and college credits.

"Making career education work and ensuring that every high school student is college or career ready are key factors to moving our state's economy forward," said Pence. "I am grateful to the leadership of both chambers of the General Assembly for taking an important step toward making career and technical education a priority in every high school in Indiana again."

SEA 465 will allow the Indiana Works Councils to increase apprenticeship opportunities for students and provide more courses taught by job-certified instructors.  

“For Indiana’s economy to keep growing, it’s essential that our high schools provide students with real-world skills that will set them on the path toward career success,” Kruse said. “The new Indiana Works Councils will be focused solely on that goal. By bringing together local schools and employers, these councils have the potential to make a lasting difference in the quality of Indiana’s future workforce.”
If members of an Indiana Works Council conclude that local vocational education programs do not satisfactorily meet the region’s needs, then councilmembers will have the authority to develop an alternative curriculum with the approval of the State Board of Education. SEA 465 requires that each council submit a comprehensive evaluation of the career, vocational and technical opportunities available to high school students within its region by Nov. 1, 2013.


For a high-resolution photo of Sen. Kruse, click here.
Contact Information:
Name: Brady Hagerty and Holly Gillham
Phone: 317-232-9425
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