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Legislative proposals focus on career readiness

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Several legislative proposals this year seek to address basic skills and career readiness among high school students and adults by using the resources of community colleges. The Twenty-First Century Developmental Education Act (LB 367), Remedial Adult Education Innovation Act (LB 366) and Career Academies bill (LB 47) provide support for community college efforts to provide education and training that bridges the gap between high school and employment and puts people on the path toward a sustainable wage.

MCC's Board of Governors supports the following proposals:

  • Twenty-First Century Developmental Education Act: This bill seeks to fill in educational gaps in reading, writing, math, science and computer skills needed by today’s workforce through support of community colleges’ developmental education and occupational training programs.
  • Remedial Adult Education Innovation Act: By providing multiple pathways to a high school diploma or high school equivalency, more individuals can reach their goals. This bill provides funding to community colleges to support remedial adult education with the goal of increasing the GED completion rate and bolstering the number of individuals with career-ready skills.
  • Career Academies: This bill would create consortiums of school districts, community colleges and industry to support career academy programs for high school students. The career academies would incorporate dual enrollment opportunities while providing entry-level industry skills in several career areas.
  • Reverse Articulation: While many students transfer credits from a community college to a four-year institution, credit transfer from a four-year institution to a community college is less common. This bill would develop procedures by which students at four-year institutions would be notified of their potential eligibility to receive an associate degree at a community college through the transfer of credits.
To learn more about the proposals or contact your representative, visit www.nebraskalegislature.gov.

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