A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO INCREASE SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPATION IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK LEADING TO INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND CREDENTIALS TO ENHANCE THE EMPLOYABILITY OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BY IMPLEMENTING A BONUS PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO LOCAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS.
Amends GS 115C-12 adding subsection (41) requiring the State Board of Education (the State Board) to establish and determine the impact of a career and technical education incentive program.
Enacts new GS 115C-156.2 encouraging students to enroll and successfully complete rigorous coursework and credentialing in career and technical education. Local school administrative units will receive bonuses for each student who earns an approved industry certification or credential. Provides further guidelines on awarding bonus funds and awarding funds based on industry certification rankings. Each school year, the Department of Commerce is required to provide the State Board with a list of those occupations in high need of skilled employees. Local school administrative units must also consult with local industries, employers, and workforce development boards to identify certifications and credentials that the school may offer.
Requires the State Board to report annually to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee on the number of students in career and technical educational courses who earned (1) community college credit and (2) industry certifications and credentials.
Appropriates $1,252,157 for 2013-14 and $7,011,200 for 2014-15 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction to cover specified costs.
Applies beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
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