HB4790 HFA Robinson 2-11
Delegate Robinson moves to amend H.B.4790 on page two, section section-d, following line twenty-three, by inserting the following:
“(d) Organization of special technical education program.-
(1) Instructor Qualifications. -- Qualified instructors include, but are not limited to, teachers, counselors and other middle school staff possessing a post-secondary degree. Instructors are not required to obtain any additional certification or license to instruct the course. Nothing in this article or chapter 18A of this code prohibits principals or vice-principals, on a voluntary basis, from participating in the program as a guest instructor or speaker.
(2) Local Partners. -- High schools, vocational schools, community colleges, public universities and any other institute of higher learning that receives funding from the State of West Virginia shall provide speakers to participating middle schools upon the middle school’s request: Provided, That the entity providing the speaker is located within 50 miles of the requesting middle school.
(3) Guest Speakers. -- Course instructors shall schedule weekly guest speakers to introduce students to a particular career and to prepare students to pursue the featured career by providing relevant information on:
(A) Education requirements;
(B) Cost of education;
(C) Availability of education;
(D) Average salary;
(E) Average longevity; and
(F) Transferability of skills.
Instructors are encouraged to invite professionals excelling in fields where training is available at the local career and technical education school.
(4) On-Site Research. -- Instructors may organize field trips to visit local employers, job fairs, high schools, vocational schools, community colleges, technical schools, public and private universities, and other post-secondary academic institutions to introduce students to potential career paths via on-site presentations and experiential learning.
(5) Career Skills. -- The course shall include instruction on skill sets required to discover and take advantage of employment opportunities, including, but not limited to:
(A) Performing a job search;
(B) Developing a résumé;
(C) Preparing for a job interview; and
(D) Developing and deploying personal networks to find job opportunities.
(6) Academic Skills. -- The course shall include instruction on skill sets required to discover and take advantage of educational opportunities, including, but not limited to:
(A) Researching admissions requirements for vocational schools, community colleges, technical schools, public and private universities and other post-secondary academic institutions;
(B) Researching employment rates and average salaries for graduates of vocational schools, community colleges, technical schools, public and private universities and other post-secondary academic institutions;
(C) Researching employment rates and average salaries for specific degrees, certifications and majors from post-secondary academic institutions;
(D) Researching state, federal and private scholarship and grant opportunities; and
(E) Preparing a college or technical school application.
(7) Personal Graduation Plan. – For successful completion of the course, a student shall create a “Personal Graduation Plan” outlining his or her plan to become employable following high school or post-secondary school.”