Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie), chairman of the House Education Committee, will host a press conference to unveil a bipartisan package of eight bills designed to improve career and technical education (CTE) in Pennsylvania. The bills are the result of a report issued by the former Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness.
Bills in the package include:
• House Bill 265
(Staats), which would expand the online database of articulation agreements.
• House Bill 297
(Mako), which would deal with career information and recruitment.
• House Bill 334
(Grove), which would deal with the commission for agricultural education excellence, the use of course credits, and the classification of program codes.
• House Bill 522
(Tobash), which would create a CTE investment incentive program; including tax credits for contributions to support CTE programs and enrollment expansion programs.
Bills in the package that have not yet been introduced:
• House Bill 393
(Harkins), which would create an online career resource center.
• House Bill 394
(Mullery), which would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to inventory workforce development programs offered at secondary and postsecondary institutions.
• House Bill 395
(Roebuck), which would require CTE programs to establish occupational advisory committees.
• House Bill 396
(Roebuck), which would add at least one member to each Workforce Development Board.
Chairman Rep. Curt Sonney; Minority Chairman Rep. James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia); sponsors of the bills, which include Reps. Seth Grove (R-York), Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin), Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton), Craig Staats (R-Bucks), Patrick Harkins (D-Erie) and Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne); and members of the House Education Committee.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m.
Capitol Media Center, 8 East Wing, Capitol Building, Harrisburg.
Will be available, barring technical difficulties, at PAHouseGOP.com
Tricia Lehman, 717.772.9840, firstname.lastname@example.org