One of Gov. Pat McCrory’s key education proposals has found legislative backing at the N.C. General Assembly.
The N.C. Senate voted unanimously last week to approve Senate Bill 14, which would make two tracks — college preparatory and vocational education — available to state high school students. The bill is currently in a House of Representatives committee.
During his campaign, McCrory advocated for the dual pathway system, with an emphasis on vocational training, as a means of boosting employment.
As part of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, N.C. pledged to develop more career pathways for high-school students that incorporate community college courses. Common pathways include information technology and advanced manufacturing. Other participating states are:
Beginning in the 2014-15 academic year, high school students would select one of three paths — college, career or both — and earn career endorsements in addition to diplomas, according to the bill.
Steve Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions at UNC-CH, said vocational education can motivate students to stay engaged in school and learn a wide range of skills.