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Chaired by Governor Mike Pence, the Career Council was created by a unanimous vote during the 2013 General Assembly to focus on coordination of various participants in the education, jobs skills development and career training system, and to match education and skills training with the jobs market.
Over 40 meetings, and 500 man hours were invested in the creation of the Career Council’s Strategic Plan, “Align, Engage, Advance: A Strategic Plan to Transform Indiana’s Workforce.” The plan focuses on three organizing pillars of transformation: 1) system alignment, 2) worker- and student-centric services, and 3) demand-driven programs and investments.
The Career Council also is responsible for administering HEA 1064, a return on investment and utilization study of career and technical education programs in Indiana. Additionally, HEA 1213 requires the Career Council to form a subcommittee to review the current Core 40 diploma course offerings and make recommendations to the State Board of Education concerning changing course requirements, including the total number of academic credits required, changing the types of diplomas offered, and the need for a career and technical education diploma, and examine and make recommendations concerning career and technical education offerings.