Pence To Seek More Vocational Ed. Money

Jun 20, 2014

Governor Pence says college is the best route, but he wants lawmakers to earmark more for technical training.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he'll seek money in next year‘s budget to back up his push for more vocational education in Indiana schools.

Last year, legislators unanimously enacted Pence‘s call for a state career council to coordinate school curricula with the job market, and added regional councils to tailor lesson plans to local needs.

Pence told an Indiana Youth Institute conference of guidance counselors the next step is to make sure those industrial arts and technical education programs are available in Indiana schools.

He says parents around the state have embraced his call to create alternatives. but adds college should still be the first option for Hoosier students.

But he says parents and teachers have embraced his insistence that both tracks should be equally valid, depending on what suits an individual student.