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Walker signs vocational degree bill


RACINE, Wis. (WSAU) – Governor Scott Walker signed a bill in Racine today that lets public high schools hand out vocational diplomas.

The Republican governor said it would give students the chance to get training for the more highly-skilled manufacturing jobs that employers need to fill – and to let students get those jobs as soon as they graduate.

The new law still requires students to pass the courses needed for a traditional high school diploma, while completing technical education in one-or-two subjects.

In a ceremony at Multi-Products of Racine, Walker said the measure would offer new opportunities for high school grads, while helping rejuvenate the state’s manufacturing sector.

Also in Racine, Walker signed a bill to expand the state’s “Second Chance Program.” It lets students at-risk earn their high school diplomas while partnering with a business. Walker says the measure would let students learn real-life skills while seeking their high school diplomas.