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State legislators working to boost dual education programs

Changes could include business tax credits and more scholarship funds.
Northview student Juhi Shah says enrollment in the dual education program has helped boost her overall GPA.
Northview student Juhi Shah says enrollment in the dual education program has helped boost her overall GPA.
Jordan Gatlin, a Northview High School student, enjoys the college environment of her dual education program.
Jordan Gatlin, a Northview High School student, enjoys the college environment of her dual education program.
Northview High School Principal Chris Shaw discusses the benefits of the dual education program and the options it provides his students.
Northview High School Principal Chris Shaw discusses the benefits of the dual education program and the options it provides his students.

Dual enrollment programs allow students to earn college credit while in high school.  Some Northview High School students are glad to be a part of this program.  They say college level classes are taking them to the next level.

 

I think it's important because you get to experience a college level class and get your basics in so you won't have to take them at a university or wherever you choose,” Northview dual education student Jordan Gatlin said.

 

But many students know all too well there's a price to pay for education.

 

“We need more scholarships, not just for college students but also for high school, because some parents can't pay for classes,” said Juhi Shah, another Northview dual education student.

 

The House Ways and Means Committee hopes to provide up to five million dollars in tax credits to people and businesses who donate to career-tech scholarship funds.

 

Another bill would allocate five million more for scholarships.

 

Northview administration says passing the dual education bills will open doors in many ways.

 

"I think it's a great thing.  It gives students a lot more options in this day and age,” said Northview Principal Chris Shaw.  “And with college being so expensive, to give high school students the opportunity to receive college credit while they're in high school, I think it's the best of both worlds."

 

Bill supporters, like State Representative Donnie Chesteen, see it as an investment in the future.

 

We have an aging workforce in the State of Alabama, and if we’re going to try to be aggressive and recruit good companies, we have to make sure that we keep a good pipeline of workers in place,” Chesteen said.

 

And it's an investment legislators say is well worth the time and effort.

 

State legislators say the bills should make it to the House for review this week.


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