CHEYENNE, Wyo. State representatives passed a bill allowing high school students to substitute foreign language for career and technical education courses and still qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship.
“The scribed number of years that you would take in a foreign language, it kind of limited career and technical education, especially in small schools. They didn’t have enough classes and when you put one class up against another you would follow to the success curriculum.” Said Representative John Freeman.
As a former high school teacher, Freeman saw the importance of CTE.
“What you need is you need to have the background from high school to go into it. And if you’re starting to take college classes before you graduate from high school you can get in there.”
He says it is also important for our economic future.
“It helps us maintain what we have. And more of an educated workforce, we can recruit more industries into the state,” he said.
We spoke with Representative Sue Wilson, the lone no-vote on the bill. She told me as a former Spanish teacher she did want CTE to come at the expense of a foreign language.
Examples of CTE courses include computer coding, welding, and cosmetology.