Bill # and Title: SB 297 – Employability Skills Curriculum
Author: Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond)
Summary: Provides that, not later than July 1, 2019, each school within a school corporation shall include interdisciplinary employability skills standards established by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), in consultation with the Department of Education and approved by the State Board of Education, in the school’s curriculum. Requires the DWD to administer the program. Expands the Indiana Career Explorer pilot program.
Chamber Position: Support
Status: Heard in the House Education Committee this week, amended and then passed out of committee unanimously 12-0; it now moves to the full House for potential amendments and final vote.

Update/Chamber Action: The provision regarding the Work Ethic Certificate program fund was removed in committee to keep it from being recommitted to the House Ways and Means Committee, where it likely would have been removed anyway. The Chamber testified in support of this legislation and approves of the fund language being removed, as it was only the establishment of the fund – with the potential funding yet to come from the 2019 budget session.

The Chamber is supportive of the creation of employability skills standards, as we hear from employers every day about the need for student graduates with stronger soft skills. In addition, the Chamber is very supportive of the Governor’s successful Work Ethic Certificate program and we welcome it to be codified into law with the hopes that funding can be secured during the 2019 session.

Resource: Caryl Auslander at (317) 264-6880 or email: [email protected]