House passes Harkins bill that would create online career resource center

Clearinghouse would give students info on high-tech, high-skill jobs

HARRISBURG, April 30 – Students in the commonwealth would benefit from a new online career resource center under a bill the House passed unanimously today, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie.

House Bill 2203—part of a bipartisan package of career training and technical education bills that passed today—would call on three state agencies to work together to develop and maintain a central clearinghouse of career and technical education information. 

“The commonwealth provides a wealth of career training and technical education information through its agencies,” Harkins said. “But there’s no central location that puts information about today’s high-tech, high-skill jobs in one place for easy access by students, their parents and educators. A one-stop concept would ensure that young Pennsylvanians making key decisions about their future have all the information they need at their fingertips.”

Harkins’ bill would call on the state departments of Education, Labor and Industry and Agriculture to collaborate in developing and maintaining the online database. It would function as a clearinghouse of information on educational and career options, available career and technical education resources, and data and statistics on employment opportunities and compensation.

“Students in today’s fast-changing career landscape need to keep up with the latest opportunities and demands involving high-skill, high-tech jobs,” Harkins said. “My bill would help equip our new generation of job seekers with the information they need to compete and succeed. Helping Pennsylvanians get good jobs is in line with our Democratic Plan for PA, and that starts with helping them make the right choices as they prepare to enter today’s modern workforce.”

The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

Video of Rep. Harkins’ remarks on career and technical education legislation is available by visiting and accessing the file named 043018 CAREER TECH HARKINS