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Council To Study Long-Term Impact Of Career Education

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.

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