MONTPELIER (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin has unveiled a plan to get more Vermont students into college and to produce more skilled workers.

The proposal would expand the dual enrollment program to allow more high school juniors and seniors to attend college classes, for free. Students would be able to attend up to two classes at the Vermont State Colleges, the University of Vermont, and participating private institutions.

The courses would cost $150 if taken at the school and $350 if taught at the college. It would be financed by $800,000 in state funding over two years. After that the state would cover half the cost, with the high schools covering the rest.

The proposal is part of a package the governor and a coalition of colleges, education and business officials are supporting.


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