This weekend, the West Virginia Legislature passed legislation that will establish an education-to-workforce council to prepare students for high-wage, in-demand careers.
Senate Bill 839 will create the Council on Postsecondary Attainment to improve the full continuum of workforce preparedness, spanning K-12 and postsecondary and including adults returning to advance in their careers. This cross-sector partnership, to include business and industry leaders, will be charged with identifying high-value and in-demand postsecondary credentials and developing a plan to assist the state in achieving its postsecondary attainment goal, beginning at the K-12 level.
“West Virginia made a strong commitment to ensuring that the state has a skilled workforce by setting a postsecondary attainment goal of 60 percent by 2030. Meeting that goal will require the state to prioritize a robust education-to-workforce policy landscape aligned to West Virginia’s economy.
“We applaud bill sponsor Senator Rollan Roberts, the House Education Committee, Delegate Joshua Higgenbotham and the full Legislature for their commitment to providing quality pathways that lead to high-wage, in-demand careers for West Virginia students.”
Ashley DeMauro Mullins, Regional Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action
The Council would include representatives from K-12 education, business and industry organizations and postsecondary institutions. Its goal would be to ensure career and technical education pathways spanning K-12 through postsecondary are closely aligned to labor market demand; feature experiential learning opportunities, such as internships; and provide a seamless transition to a postsecondary credential.
The bill now awaits Governor Jim Justice’s signature.
For more information on career and technical education and cross-sector partnerships, visit ExcelinEd’s policy library.