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Lower-Valued Career Courses Will Keep Funding In Latest State Budget Plan

Justin Hicks/IPB News

High school courses in areas including cosmetology and culinary arts will keep their state funding in a version of the budget approved by the Senate after language that would’ve cut their funding was removed from the current budget bill.

Legislation in House Bill 1001 was set to remove state funding for so-called “less than moderate value” career and technical education courses. At the same time, it would’ve increased funding levels for "high value" CTE courses like welding and advanced manufacturing.

Following outcry from instructors, that proposal was removed.

Chad Young, culinary arts instructor at the Greater Lafayette Area Career Academy, said it’s good news to him, but he cautions this is probably just the beginning of a longer battle with lawmakers.

“The fact that this thing was brought up or even made it as far as it did indicates that this is still on the radar and it probably forever will be on the radar,” Young said.

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The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, which administers CTE funding for the state, previously said it did not support the changes to the funding formula.

However, the removed language would have also given the agency additional money to pay for exams students must take to get industry certifications. 

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Justin Hicks has joined the reporting team for Indiana Public Broadcasting News (IPB News) through funding made available by (IPBS) Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations. Justin will be based out of WVPE in his new role as a Workforce Development Reporter for IPB News. Justin comes to Indiana by way of New York. He has a Master's Degree from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He previously earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Appalachian State University where he played trumpet. He first learned about Elkhart, Indiana, because of the stamp on his brass instrument indicating where it was produced.
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