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Indiana lawmakers talk graduation pathways

Indiana lawmakers talk graduation pathways

David Williams | News 8 at 5

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — This year’s high school freshmen now have more than one way to reach their graduation day thanks to Indiana’s graduation pathways law.

The law is designed to let students build their own path based on their aspirations post graduation.

State lawmakers met Thursday to talk about several key areas of graduation pathways.

Under the new graduation pathways law, students still have to earn a diploma, but they can customize their education based on their goals after graduation. They must show their employ-ability skills via school-approved work-based learning.

Stephanie Crandell, the director of student support services at the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, explained there is a problem some Indiana high school counselors are facing after the law passed.

“With the new graduation pathways legislation, the workload has increased for school counselors,” explained Crandell. “The time it takes to create a graduation plan, a student schedule, hold parent meetings for approval are very time consuming.”

Crendell said Evansville Vanderburgh Schools has a Lilly Foundation Grant to help make things better for their school counselors.

The state is also putting millions of dollars towards career coaching grants statewide.

Eleven state grants have been given away so far, according to PJ McGrew.

McGrew serves as executive director of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Workforce Cabinet.

“The legislature was generous enough to give us a million dollars each year of the biennium to go forth and do those career coaching grants,” McGrew explained Thursday afternoon. “It was really designed around creating partnerships between K-12 schools, higher education institutions, employers and community-based organizations.”

Skillful, a nonprofit that helps people without college degrees get jobs, has three school counselors in their Indiana career coaching core.

“We know and we’ve seen that that interaction with a person makes a big difference in getting an individual connected to the right job,” explained Beth Cobert.

News 8’s David Williams wants to know what you think about the law and its affects on students and counselors. You can join the conversation right now on his Facebook and Twitter pages.


Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.