Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence Tuesday announced his plan to prepare Indiana high school students for the workforce – many without the need for a college diploma.
Speaking at the Central Nine Career Center in Greenwood Tuesday afternoon, Pence laid out his vision for the revamped ‘Core 40 Technical Honors Diploma’ he calls the ‘Career’ diploma.
He says more Indiana high school graduates should possess jobs skills needed to work in a technical field, with no additional schooling.
“I believe the time has come to make career, technical, and vocational education a priority in every high school in Indiana,” he says.
Pence says he wants the legislature to create what he calls ‘Indiana Work Councils’, which would cooperate with schools, employers, and the State Board of Education to create new curriculum for students not heading to college.
“The seamless integration of the education, workforce development, and business communities, is essential to the economic growth of Indiana,” he says.
Pence’s Democratic challenger, John Gregg released a response that accuses Pence of voting against investing in public schools during his 12 years in Congress