Mackenzie’s CareerBound bill voted out of committee

Mackenzie’s CareerBound bill voted out of committee

Pennsylvania could soon have a series of workforce development programs in place to better educate students about opportunities in trade and technical careers. In the same week that a bipartisan workforce development bill package was reported out of committee and scheduled for a vote on the House floor, so too was a bill that would establish school-to-work pilot programs designed to educate students about workforce opportunities.
 
The bill sponsored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) — HB 425 — would establish the CareerBound program, a program which would help workforce development boards, schools and businesses develop school-to-work programs that would expose students to career and technical opportunities in high-priority occupations. The bill was successfully reported out of the House Labor and Industry Committee Wednesday, and will now await a potential House floor vote. 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers roll out bipartisan career and technical education initiative

Lawmakers roll out bipartisan career and technical education initiative

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are rolling out a bipartisan package of workforce development bills that aim to improve access, awareness and enrollment in career and technical education (CTE) across the state.

Known as #GoodJobs4PA, the initiative looks to provide resources to both students and career and technical centers in an effort to better prepare Pennsylvanians for workforce needs. The package, made up of bills sponsored by an array of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, would increase resources available to students, while also encouraging investment in career and technical centers. 
Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - February 18, 2019

Tweets of the Week - February 18, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, February 22, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state's workforce

Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state's workforce

Workforce development was a popular topic at the Capitol Tuesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order creating a workforce command center, designed to coordinate state efforts to provide job training with the needs of private industry.

At the same time, a group of bipartisan lawmakers also announced an effort to boost the state’s career and technical education efforts as a means of bolstering its job force.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
In budget address, Wolf lays out plan to bolster education and workforce development—with no new taxes

In budget address, Wolf lays out plan to bolster education and workforce development—with no new taxes

A boost in funding for education, expanding initiatives to target the state’s workforce development, and a previously announced minimum wage hike are cornerstones of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal, unveiled Tuesday in the first budget address of the governor’s second term.

Wolf’s plan spends a little over $34 billion, a 2.79 percent increase from last year, but adds in no new taxes, something he touted early and often throughout his address and was a line which drew a bipartisan standing ovation. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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