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McCrory signs first bill as governor

Posted February 18, 2013

— Hours before delivering his first State of the State address, Gov. Pat McCrory delivered on one of his campaign promises Monday by signing legislation that places more emphasis on vocational education in North Carolina high schools.

Increase Access to Career and Technical Education, a bill sponsored by Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, is aimed at preparing students for jobs now available in the state.

"Even with the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the nation, I still talk to employers – even here in Randolph County  – who say they can't find qualified employees to fill our job openings. We need to close the gap between education and commerce," McCrory said in signing the bill at Randolph Community College.

One of the features of the bill allows high school students to get training and earn diplomas with endorsements marking them ready for a career, college or both.

"Vocational training, along with four-year college degrees, (is) equally important to our families, to our economy, to society," McCrory said.

The governor toured the machine shop at the community college before signing the bill.

Vocational education boosted with McCrory's signature Vocational education boosted with McCrory's signature

Student Bill Cranford said he hopes the skills he's learning in the machining program will help him get a job in the manufacturing industry when he graduates in May. He said he was forced to retrain after his job in the dairy industry moved elsewhere.

"I think anything that gives kids a new opportunity or a better leg up on what to do with their future is a good thing," Cranford said.

The new law also makes it easier for people with certain skills become teachers by eliminating some of the requirements and certifications typically required to become a teacher.

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  • Cary Progressive Feb 20, 4:01 p.m.

    "This is something positive from Gov. McCory. This helps people who want to work acquire skills to get jobs -so needed. Good job on this one in my opinion by the governor. -freebme"

    Don't worry, it won't be long before the guv doubles your sales taxes gives that money to the corporations and the rich in tax cuts.

  • marsupial75 Feb 19, 1:14 p.m.

    "The college kids had snotty attitudes and were hard to manage." Bubbba

    While I commend you on your success without a college degree, two things: 1. Employers in various industries do expect college degrees of their employees in this day in age, for better or for worse. 2. I resent your implication that college graduates are basically brats. I worked hard for my degrees, and I know many, many others who do/did as well and continue to work long, hard hours in their jobs. It's not fair to demonize college graduates based on such a gross generalization.

  • marsupial75 Feb 19, 1:06 p.m.

    Crumps Br0ther, liberal arts is an entirely distinct concept from a liberal political ideology.

  • Grand Union Feb 19, 1:00 p.m.

    ""Even with the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the nation, I still talk to employers – even here in Randolph County – who say they can't find qualified employees to fill our job openings."

    Thats simply an indication that they are offering to little pay to attract people to the industry.....companies want skilled labor but are not willing to pay much more than minimum wages to get it.

  • free2bme Feb 19, 12:24 p.m.

    This is something positive from Gov. McCory. This helps people who want to work acquire skills to get jobs -so needed. Good job on this one in my opinion by the governor.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 19, 11:38 a.m.

    How about working your way up? Should everyone be paid the same amt of money regardless of their career path? Come on people.....seriously?
    Sweets01

    In our culture of instant gratification the notion of "paying your dues" is as alien as "personal responsibilty"

  • tnowen Feb 19, 11:26 a.m.

    My son is in his last semester at NC State University and will graduate in May with a Tech Ed Teaching degree. He plans to go into private industry BECAUSE; teachers pay too low, very few pay increases, long hours. He teaches all day, grades papers and prepares lessons for three 1.5 hour classes each night. He has to be at the school before 7:00 am and doesn't get home until 5:00 or 6:00 pm due to working with the students who have requested help or meeting with student or parents. He spends his weekends grading papers and catching up. Private industry pays so much better. Gov. McCrory should look into that problem as well.

  • dontstopnow Feb 19, 11:24 a.m.

    This is a good thing for the youth of NC, especially those that want to work but do not either want to go to college or cannot afford it.

    As far as skills, I was an artist and after winning an art contest at my school won 6 weeks of art lessons by two local artists, but art would not have paid bills or kept food on the table. I still paint, love to do portraits, write, design clothes and many things related to my love of art, but in the real world, I work like everyone else for my paycheck.

    So no matter what your love is, that does not mean you cannot excel at something else and continue to keep that love close to you and once you retire, enjoy it. :)

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 19, 11:16 a.m.

    And let's not forget that our governor has liberal arts degree which led him to being governor.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    And yet liberals hate him.

  • Sweets01 Feb 19, 11:07 a.m.

    How unfortunate that ideas to try and help people who are not necessarily interested in a 4 yr college education better themselves is met with ridiculous comments about how much the CEO wants to pay them. How about working your way up? Should everyone be paid the same amt of money regardless of their career path? Come on people.....seriously?

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