A bill before the U.S. Senate would provide high school students with more opportunities to take career and technical education college courses. The Workforce Advance Act would expand enrollment as part of Perkins-supported career technical education (CTE) programs.
The bill lets states open up access to CTE courses that allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. It also makes it possible for schools to use part of the funding received through the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act for tuition and fees for the CTE courses, according to a report in eCampus News.
In addition, school districts could use funding to help teachers pursue credentials needed to teach CTE courses in their high schools. It authorizes the Department of Education to identify successful methods and best practices for providing the courses.
"At a time when higher education is more important for success in the 21st-century economy than ever before, we need to help create opportunities for students in high school to prepare for college and their future careers,” said Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). “Tens of thousands of kids in Colorado are already taking advantage of dual- and concurrent-enrollment opportunities, which has helped more of them enroll and do well in college. This bill will help improve career and technical education programs by expanding these opportunities across the country to allow even more students to benefit.”