First bill signed in Piedmont
Gov. Pat McCrory came to Randolph County Monday to sign his first bill since he took office last month.
McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte who grew up in Jamestown in Guilford County, signed Senate Bill 14 at the campus of Randolph Community College. The law, passed by the N.C. General Assembly with wide bipartisan support, is designed to increase opportunities for high school students to enroll in career and technical education programs in areas with high employment needs.
The legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, encourages students to enroll in courses that will lead to a diploma with an endorsement indicating that they are “career ready,” “college ready” or both. It also directs the State Board of Education to update the curriculum for career and technical education courses, as well as revise licensure requirements for career and technical education teachers, according to the governor’s office.
“We must ensure our education system provides opportunities and pathways for our students to get the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill their post-graduation goals, whether that be entering the work force or continuing on to getting a higher degree,” McCrory said.
The bill also directs high school and community colleges to share resources such as instructors, facilities, equipment and business internship opportunities.