Indiana needs to fill nearly 1 million jobs in the next three years. With so many technological and innovative changes happening across most industries, parents and educators need resources to prepare their students for the future job market.

To support student growth and workforce readiness, proposed legislation would strengthen and grow relationships between local employers and schools.

By establishing the Career Coaching Grant Program, local businesses and schools would be able to work together to develop career pipelines for K-12 students. Students would participate in a career navigation system that would prepare them for jobs in their area, and schools would receive funding to tailor their systems to their local needs.

The bill also prioritizes career and technical education courses. Currently, students can obtain a few CTE credits, but not enough to graduate high school with a meaningful credential that makes them employable. This bill would provide comprehensive CTE opportunities that enable students to enter a program in high school and graduate with the employable, stackable and transferable credentials that employers seek.

This legislation is an important step in continuing to support our students and provide them with the resources they need to succeed in the Hoosier workforce.

To track this and other bills, watch committee meetings and view session live, visit the Indiana General Assembly’s website here.