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Workforce Development Legislative Package Passes State House

Wednesday, March 27, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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HARRISBURG - Last week, the state House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a slate of bipartisan workforce development-related bills.  The bills are supported by the Wolf Administration, the General Assembly, state agencies and the private sector.

The bills are designed to build a more competitive workforce and close a jobs skills gap by providing Pennsylvanians with knowledge about in-demand jobs and the skills and training required to obtain them. 

The bills that are a part of this package and passed the House are:

H.B. 297 – Sponsored by Rep. Zach Mako, R-Northampton and requires the state Dept. of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential; and also calls for schools to allow community colleges and trade and technical schools to attend career and college fairs.

H.B. 334 – Sponsored by Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, and codifies into law a program to expedite classification of instructional programs; task PDE with establishing a standard application for schools wanting to establish or renew a CIP; and issue guidelines for students to apply certain courses toward credit for completion of a program at a vocational or technical school.

H.B. 393 – Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, and requires the Depts. of Education, Labor and Industry and Agriculture to develop and maintain a comprehensive online career resource center for students, parents, educators and school officials.

H.B. 394 – Sponsored by Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, and requires PDE and L&I to inventory existing workforce development programs, with goals of sharing best practices to improve the delivery of these programs.

H.B. 395 – Sponsored by Rep. James Roebuck, D-Philadelphia, and allows career technical education programs or a cluster of programs to establish occupational advisory committees at the Intermediate Unit level, to serve multiple districts or Career and Technical Centers.

H.B. 396 – Sponsored by Rep. James Roebuck, D-Philadelphia, and requires each local workforce development board to include in its membership at least one administrator of a career and technical center whose attendance area is covered by the service area of the WDB.

H.B. 425 – Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh, and requires the Department of Labor and Industry to create CareerBound – a program that would aim to strengthen the connection between Pennsylvania’s students and the next generation of high-priority careers, providing those students with early exposure to a wide array of career opportunities.

These bills now await consideration by the state Senate.

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