Ala. House Approves Dual Enrollment Bill

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama House of Representatives has approved an effort to expand a dual enrollment program that lets high school students take job training classes at two-year colleges.

House members approved the bill Wednesday by a 100-0 vote.

The bill would create up to $10 million in scholarships funded by donations. Businesses would get up to a 50 percent tax credit for the donations. They could also steer the bulk of their donation to a specific program.

Proponents say the program helps high school students graduate ready for high-paying, skilled careers such as welding and aircraft engine repair.

While the bill passed without opposition, some lawmakers questioned if the state could afford the cost of the tax breaks which could hit $5 million.

The bill now goes to the Alabama Senate.

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