WEST virginia legislature
2020 regular session
House Bill 4790
By Delegates Ellington, Higginbotham, Atkinson, Hanna, Toney, Waxman, Hornbuckle, Campbell, Lavender-Bowe, R. Thompson and Zukoff
[Originating in the Committee on Education; Reported on February 6, 2020.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §18-2-7d of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to Career Technical Education for middle school students; broadening workforce preparedness information to be communicated to students to include the knowledge, skills and characteristics needed for success in occupations and entrepreneurship; integration with career exploration beginning in middle school grades; and requiring county boards to provide elective Career Technical Education courses for middle school students beginning 2022 – 2023 school year.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
§18-2-7d. Program in workforce preparedness.
(a) The Legislature finds that, in addition to specialized skills relating to specific professions and trades, students will be better prepared to enter the workforce and succeed in their chosen fields of employment or education by having the opportunity to participate in training related to general workforce preparedness, productive workplace skills and processes, time management and efficiency, and teamwork and leadership competencies in the workplace. The Legislature further finds that employers in the state are the best source for articulating the general skills and attributes they, in common, seek in future employees and that employers may collaborate in the development of a graduate profile incorporating these skills and attributes.
(b) The state board shall promulgate a rule pursuant
to §29A-3B-1 et seq. of this code
that adopts a program of instruction in general workforce and career
preparedness for all students. The program of instruction shall include
guidelines for schools working through their local school improvement councils
and business partners to communicate to students the
common skills and
attributes sought by employers in prospective employees knowledge, college and career skills and life
characteristics needed for success in occupations and entrepreneurship in the
changing world of work. At the middle school level, the program may be
integrated with comprehensive career exploration which also may include, but is
not limited to, Career Technical Education foundational courses, stand-alone
Career Exploration courses and mini courses, field trips, guest speakers, and
career mentors as provided in the state board rule.
(c) Beginning with the school year 2022 — 2023, county boards of education shall provide elective Career Technical Education courses for middle school students that may include, but are not limited to, foundational Career Technical Education courses, Career Technical Education courses developed with a focus on high need occupational areas within the area or region, agriculture, industrial arts and home economics.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to extend Career Technical Education into the middle school grades beginning with comprehensive career exploration including communicating to students the knowledge, college and career skills and life characteristics needed for success in occupations and entrepreneurship in the changing world of work. The bill also requires middle school electives in Career Technical Education to be offered beginning with the 2022 – 2023 school year.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.