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Kasich Hints More Vocational Ed Choices Are Coming for Middle Schoolers

Students at Ohio Technical College learn how to repair auto parts.

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Students at Ohio Technical College learn how to repair auto parts.

Governor John Kasich is giving a sneak peak into his state of the state speech on Monday.

As the Columbus Dispatch reports,in a speech at a manufacturing jobs summit in greater Cincinnati on Wednesday, Kasich said “we are lowering the availability of vocational education to the seventh grade.”

The governor’s nod to vo-tech is just one of a handful of efforts by Ohio lawmakers to create a pipeline of students prepared for Ohio’s future jobs.

As we reported earlier this month, H.B. 107 would give businesses tax breaks for offering paid internship for high school students.

Another bill, H.B. 393, would require high schools to distribute a career decision guide designed by local employers and workforce investment boards.  The guide would include a description of different jobs, the average salary, and the education required for those positions.  This bill was introduced in December and hasn’t had any hearings yet.

And thanks to H.B. 127, March is officially designated career technical education and workforce development month.  Though this measure doesn’t have much impact on anything, it’s Republican Richard Adam’s way of trying to draw more attention to the vocational education programs in Ohio schools.

 

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