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Aligning education standards and employer needs

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A Missouri House committee is considering a bill to help align the state’s education standards to employer needs.

House Bill 1024 would establish a task force to explore how to revise the education standards to ensure Missouri students are graduating with relevant skills for today’s jobs.

Bill sponsor Rep. Shamed Dogan, a Republican from Poplar Bluff, said the legislation, “is in line with a lot of the discussion we’ve been having in the legislature this year about workforce development — and particularly with aligning our academic performance standards to our workforce development goals.”

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry testified in support of the measure, which would help fulfill the goals of the Workforce2030 study released by the Missouri Chamber last year.

“We believe that the task force established in this bill — the fact that they are marrying academic standards and skills training — is a really positive step for better developing our workforce,” said Kara Corches, Missouri Chamber director of legislative affairs. “We believe these standards not only allow students to graduate with more employable skills but we’re also positioning ourselves to be able to achieve greater economic success as we have a workforce that is better prepared to meet the demands of the future.”

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