MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The governor says he will sign legislation that creates a scholarship program, funded by private donations, to help high school students take technology courses simultaneously at a community college.
The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Mac Buttram of Cullman cleared the House 100-0 in February and passed the Senate 33-1 Tuesday.
High school students can currently participate in dual enrollment in career technology courses, such as welding or aviation mechanics, but it is usually at their parents' expense. Buttram's bill allows individuals and businesses to get state income tax credits for donating money to provide scholarships administered by Alabama's two-year college system. They would get a 50 percent tax credit for their donations.
Gov. Robert Bentley says the result will be a better trained workforce