Georgia > Deal Signs Education Bills

| May 2, 2015

Georgia Government

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal Friday signed Senate Bill 2 and Senate Bill 132, both of which remove barriers to dual enrollment participation and expand opportunities for students.

SB 132, the “Move On When Ready Act,” is one of Deal’s legislative priorities and is based off recommendations from the 2014 Dual Enrollment Task Force.

“Since taking office, one of my top priorities has been preparing students to enter the workforce with the skills and tools necessary for them to succeed,” Deal said. “There are currently jobs that require highly skilled technical workers that remain unfilled. I’m grateful for Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and the General Assembly for their efforts in addressing this issue. This legislation streamlines current dual enrollment program options, removes transportation and other barriers to participation and streamlines how students earn course credits. Moving forward, I’m confident Georgia will continue training our deep talent pool to fill much-needed positions in a wide range of industries across our state.”

SB 2 further aligns Georgia’s K-12 education system with the state’s post-secondary institutions, allowing high school students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma while working toward a technical college or associate’s degree.

“One of the most important challenges facing our state is preparing students to succeed in the 21st century global economy,” Cagle said. “I appreciate Governor Deal’s support of this initiative as well as the near unanimous endorsement of the Georgia General Assembly. Together, we will continue to build the top workforce and lead our state to prosperity for generations to come.”

The Georgia Chamber commends Governor Nathan Deal’s leadership for expanding dual enrollment educational opportunities by signing SB 2 and SB 132 into law today.  SB 2 will allow a high school student who has completed ninth and tenth grade requirements for coursework and assessments to enroll in a post-secondary institution (USG or TCSG) and work towards an associate’s degree, a technical college diploma, or a technical college certificate while counting that coursework towards high school graduation requirements.  SB 132 revises and updates regulations regarding dual enrollment options, giving students new opportunities to prepare for high demand jobs of the future by allowing them to “move on when ready” and pursue college coursework while still in high school.

“SB 2 and SB 132 will create new tools to address the many workforce needs of Georgia businesses.  By further aligning our K-12 education system with our university and technical college systems and allowing students to simultaneously access both, Georgia will be in a better position to remain economically competitive,” said Georgia Chamber president and CEO Chris Clark.  “The Georgia Chamber thanks Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle and our General Assembly for enacting this legislation that will enhance our state’s workforce.”

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