SANTA FE (KSMX)- House Bill 63, a bill to create a statewide, comprehensive, standards-based soft skills program for high school and middle school students passed the House Education Committee.
Sponsored by House Majority Leader Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque), the bill makes a $4 million appropriation from the general fund to develop a curriculum and implement online courses tailored to meet the needs of New Mexicos students and evolving job market.
“We want an education system that prepares our youth for success,” said Majority Leader Stapleton (D-Albuquerque).
The programs development will be led by the University of New Mexico and consist of online courses tailored to these areas as well as resume and job interview preparation and career assessment.
The courses will be available for teachers to incorporate in their curriculum both in career and technical settings as well as traditional middle and high schools.