HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 23
(By Delegates Pethtel, Perry, Barill, Crosier,
Fragale, Lawrence, Duke, Gearheart, Paxton,
M. Poling Rowan and Sumner)
Encouraging the Governor, Legislature and State Board of Education to work together in moving toward implementation of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education College and Career Readiness Initiative.
Whereas, In 1955, sixty percent of the American nonprofessional labor force was unskilled and twenty percent skilled. By 2008, the situation had reversed. Only twelve percent of the nonprofessional labor force was unskilled and sixty-eight percent skilled; and
Whereas, It is estimated that one third to one half of jobs likely to become available in West Virginia in the next decade will require a two-year associate degree, one-year certificate degree or other training beyond high school. Therefore, the traditional “college for all” attitude should be broadened significantly and changed to a more appropriate “post high-school credential for all” attitude; and
Whereas, Students need to develop a career plan that includes targeted programs of study in high school and beyond, and these career plans should identify requisite degrees or certifications required and/or desirable for students’ career choices; and
Whereas, The Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education College and Career Readiness Initiative includes: (1) Development of career exploration modules for elementary and middle school students; (2) redesign of the middle level technology education program to incorporate career exploration modules that provide career knowledge, awareness and reinforces academic skills; (3) development of a Global 21.Me Learning Community for all students; and (4) the establishment of a career/career tech committee to focus on the transformation of Career Technical Education for the next decade; and
Whereas, The Global 21.Me Learning Community is a digital platform for all students that incorporates career exploration; career planning; personal and career goal setting; personal skill development; online courses; curriculum-career connections; real world, career-relevant experiences; personalized curriculum; project-based learning; organizational and personal productivity skills; and other components; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Governor, Legislature and State Board of Education are encouraged to work together in moving toward implementation of the Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education College and Career Readiness Initiative; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor and the State Board of Education.
This resolution was recommended for introduction and adoption during the 2012 Regular Session of the Legislature by the Education Subcommittee A - Public Education.