DESE must approve program

Beginning next year, students attending the Hannibal Career and Technical Center will have the opportunity to earn embedded English and math credits if they are participating in certain approved programs.

To earn these credits, the course must offer at least 15 lessons that meet core competency in English or math. Career center programs which meet that requirement include auto technology, building trades, child care, cosmetology, machine tool and welding.

"I'm really proud of the work that Brent (Meyer, center director) and the career and tech teachers did. They sat down and really evaluated their courses, looking where these competencies are naturally embedded," Assistant Superintendent Maria Mundle said.

"Brent did his homework," Superintendent Susan Johnson said. "He talked to career tech centers throughout the state, learning what they had done."

Johnson and Mundle both said curriculum expectations will not be lowered in order to allow students to secure the embedded credits. "We're not letting the (academic) rigors be lessened as a result of this," Johnson said.

The embedded credit program is intended to help students gain the necessary credits they need to graduate.

"What this would really allow students to do is to be able to enroll in these two-year programs and not struggle with meeting the requirements for graduation back in their home district," Mundle said. "Sometimes it's very challenging to be able to get that fourth English credit or that third math credit."

The Hannibal Board of Education approved the program during Wednesday night's meeting. The program will be submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for review and approval. If the state signs off on the program it will be sent to the school boards of each district that sends students to the career center.

"This may allow sending more students to take advantage of an area career and technical school," Mundle said.

It is anticipated next year's juniors would be the first eligible group to participate in the embedded credit program.



danny.henley@courierpost.com