Governor Pat McCrory's gubernatorial campaign stood firmly on the platform that as governor he would be a proponent of vocational education. With the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 14, McCrory signed the bill into law on on Feb. 18. The law directs the State Board of Education to develop career and college endorsements for high school diplomas, increase access to career and technical education teachers in public schools, and to work with the State Board of Community Colleges to increase the number of students enrolling in career and technical education in high need employment areas.
“North Carolina needs today’s students and tomorrow’s skilled workers to be able to compete in a national and global market. The new law that I signed this morning, will provide multiple choices and equal pathways to success,” McCrory said.
Under the new law, the State Board of Education will develop curriculums with increased emphasis on career and technical courses with the intentions of increasing the number of students pursuing vocational programs such as auto repair, welding, and health care technology. When students graduate they will have an endorsement of career ready, college ready, or both. Licensing requirements will also be reduced for the teachers of these courses.