Academic credit; industry credentials. (SB609)

Introduced By

Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk) with support from 13 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City), Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News), Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Academic credit; industry credentials. Requires the State Board for Community Colleges to adopt a policy for the award of academic credit to any student enrolled in a comprehensive community college who has successfully completed a third-party industry credential identified as in demand and applicable to the student's certificate or degree program requirements. The bill also requires the State Board, in consultation with the Virginia Board of Workforce Development and local business and industry leaders, to identify in-demand third-party industry credentials for each community college region. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2016Presented and ordered printed 16103416D
01/13/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/20/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB609)
01/21/2016Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/28/2016Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2016Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Placed on Calendar
02/05/2016Read first time
02/05/2016Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/2016Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/29/2016Tabled in Education

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB793.