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West Virginia Senate committee passes bill creating new pathways to associate degree


The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would create new pathways to associate degrees beginning in high school passed out of the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday with just a few tweaks.

Senate Bill 284 would create both Advance Career Education, or ACE, programs within high schools and a grant program for technical degrees similar to the PROMISE Scholarship.

The goal of ACEs is to connect high schools with community and technical colleges to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce, along with providing more opportunities to earn college credits, certifications and associate degrees.

Students could graduate from high school with both a high school and associate degree, or they could finish both in a 13th year of high school.

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