House passes career and technical education certificate

The Missouri House of Representatives Thursday gave final passage to legislation that would require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to establish minimum requirements for  a career and technical education certificate which a student could earn along with a high school diploma.

The bill, HB 1612, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) is designed to provide students with opportunities to learn the necessary technical skills to be prepared for an entry-level career in a technical field or additional training in a technical field. The bill includes language that maintains that students should not be separated according to academic ability into groups for all or certain subjects or curriculum, in order to impel students to particular vocational, career or college paths.

Supporters told an earlier House hearing on the bill that the legislation gives students a dignified alternative to attending college by presenting vocational training as an option.

The House passed the bill by a 154-3 margin. HB 1612 now moves on to the State Senate.