OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5278

AN ACT CONCERNING DUAL ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) to identify opportunities for students to earn up to two years of tuition-free college credit while still enrolled in secondary school. Such opportunities must have the purpose of aligning secondary and postsecondary courses of study for students participating in a curriculum focused on work-based instruction, including all major activities relating to the associated career cluster (see BACKGROUND).

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012

BACKGROUND

Legislative History

The House referred the bill (File 228) to the Appropriations Committee, which favorably reported a substitute that eliminates a requirement that BOR facilitate, and not just identify, dual enrollment opportunities.

Career Cluster

A career cluster is a range of occupations that share a set of skills and knowledge organized under the federal career clusters (16 in all) endorsed by the U. S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education. The skills and knowledge include academic and technical skills related to the type of employment and general employability skills.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

20

Nay

0

(03/20/2012)

Appropriations Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

48

Nay

0

(04/13/2012)