Schweyer, Policy Committee examine career and technical education

ALLENTOWN, July 16 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on career and technical education at the IBEW Local 375.

Schweyer requested the hearing to discuss increased CTE funding in the 2019-20 state budget and how the state can continue to effectively support CTE. He was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

“We hear all the time how technical skills are valuable, both because jobs in those fields pay well and because the skills are vital to the communities where those skilled laborers are finding work,” Schweyer said. “But it was fantastic to hear directly from local community and labor leaders about both the need to and how to train more skilled laborers to join the workforce.”

Sturla added, “We need auto mechanics, welders, plumbers, HVAC technicians, pipefitters and electricians. Investing in job training, apprenticeship programs and technical education is preparing our future workforce to meet the needs of the communities where they will work and live. I thank Representative Schweyer for spotlighting this important issue.”

Testifiers included Rob Franklin, training director, IBEW Local 375; Bill Dorward Jr., marketing representative, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19; Thomas Parker, superintendent, Allentown School District; Nancy Dischinat, executive director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board; and Donna Braden, president, Jack’s Glass.

Schweyer’s hearing was one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.