Council To Study Long-Term Impact Of Career Education

Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation today that requires the state to study the "return on investment" of career and technical education programs.

Career Education

Photo: Elle Moxley/StateImpact Indiana

Students repair a broken machine during a C4 Columbus Area Career Connection class on Aug. 30, 2012.

Governor Mike Pence signed a bill today requiring the state to study whether career and technical education programs have the positive impact he’s long argued they do.

Indiana’s Regional Works Councils, which the General Assembly and Governor Pence created last year, have been evaluating the career and technical education opportunities available in Indiana high schools. They’re also developing curriculum for each region of the state.

The study the legislation signed Monday requires will look at the so-called “return on investment” of career and technical ed–the impact  those programs have on college and career readiness, employment and economic opportunity.

Pence says the new study will help inform the work already being done heading into a budget-writing legislative session next year.

“Once we figure out what we ought to be doing in career and vocational education across the state of Indiana, then looking for ways that we can provide the resources to do that – both public resources and private resources,” Pence says.

The study must be completed by August.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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