Jul. 19, 2018

Students today have more opportunities than ever before to prepare them for their future careers. One educational path to many lucrative jobs has been gaining traction over the past several years – career and technical education (CTE).

Students who pursue CTE can get jobs in many diverse fields, including applied sciences, the skilled trades and modern technologies. These are often high-paying, steady jobs that employers are having a hard time filling due to the lack of employees trained for the positions needed.

Pennsylvania is working to promote education and training for available, in-demand jobs by dedicating $30 million in the current state budget to CTE.

In addition, the House overwhelmingly approved a nine-bill bipartisan package to improve career and technical education opportunities and enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum here in the Commonwealth.

The package includes measures to promote public-private partnerships; remove barriers for qualified career and technical educators; expand awareness of training opportunities and future earning potential; increase flexibility for innovative secondary career and technical programs; enhance and promote articulation agreements; develop and maintain a comprehensive online career resource center; coordinate state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities; improve local and occupational advisory committees; and add K-12 teachers to the membership of the Workforce Development Board.

A four-year college degree is great, and I would never dissuade someone from obtaining one if that’s what he or she wanted. However, many career choices don’t require a college degree – just specific training and skills – but can still provide a great salary with many diverse career and advancement opportunities.

For more information on legislation pertaining to CTE, check out PAHouseGOP.com.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman