Florida Senate - 2017 SB 978 By Senator Powell 30-01093-17 2017978__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to high school graduation 3 requirements; amending s. 1003.4282, F.S.; authorizing 4 the use of credits earned upon completion of a 5 registered apprenticeship or preapprenticeship to 6 satisfy specified high school graduation credit 7 requirements; requiring that the State Board of 8 Education approve and identify apprenticeship and 9 preapprenticeship programs for such purpose; providing 10 an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (8) of section 15 1003.4282, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 16 1003.4282 Requirements for a standard high school diploma.— 17 (8) CAREER EDUCATION COURSES THAT SATISFY HIGH SCHOOL 18 CREDIT REQUIREMENTS.— 19 (a) Participation in career education courses engages 20 students in their high school education, increases academic 21 achievement, enhances employability, and increases postsecondary 22 success. By July 1, 2014, the department shall develop, for 23 approval by the State Board of Education, multiple, additional 24 career education courses or a series of courses that meet the 25 requirements set forth in s. 1003.493(2), (4), and (5) and this 26 subsection and allow students to earn credit in both the career 27 education course and courses required for high school graduation 28 under this section and s. 1003.4281. 29 1. The state board must determine if sufficient academic 30 standards are covered to warrant the award of academic credit. 31 2. Career education courses must include workforce and 32 digital literacy skills and the integration of required course 33 content with practical applications and designated rigorous 34 coursework that results in one or more industry certifications 35 or clearly articulated credit or advanced standing in a 2-year 36 or 4-year certificate or degree program, which may include high 37 school junior and senior year work-related internships or 38 apprenticeships. The department shall negotiate state licenses 39 for material and testing for industry certifications. The 40 instructional methodology used in these courses must be 41 comprised of authentic projects, problems, and activities for 42 contextually learning the academics. 43 3. A student who earns credit upon completion of an 44 apprenticeship or preapprenticeship program registered with the 45 Department of Education under chapter 446 may use such credit to 46 satisfy the high school graduation credit requirements in 47 paragraphs (3)(e) and (g). The state board shall approve and 48 identify in the Course Code Directory the apprenticeship and 49 preapprenticeship programs from which earned credit may be used 50 pursuant to this subparagraph. 51 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.