Mullery proposal to expand career, technical education headed to governor

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously passed a bill and sent it to the governor’s desk that would boost career and technical education in Pennsylvania, according to Rep. Gerald Mullery.

"Successful career and technical education programs train students for the jobs that will be available in the future,” said Mullery, D-Luzerne.

“We are fortunate to have quality programs in many areas of the state, where CTE stakeholders are engaging in meaningful partnerships to encourage a continuum of career and workforce development opportunities for our students. However, we must expand those programs statewide. Before we can do that -- we must gather a complete accounting of existing CTE programs and use those programs as a model to foster local cooperation of stakeholders to improve career opportunities for students in their local communities.”

The language from Mullery’s legislation and several other bipartisan CTE-focused bills was added to H.B. 265 that passed the House today. That bill would provide vocational, technical and agricultural educational programming and supports. It also would create the PAsmart online career resource center, a workforce development program clearinghouse, and establish the Schools-to-Work Program.

Under Mullery’s proposal, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board would conduct a survey of workforce development programs. The departments of Education and Labor and Industry would conduct an inventory of existing workforce development programs at both the secondary and postsecondary levels with emphasis on opportunities for business-education partnerships. The goal would be to share those best practices learned with the various entities to help improve the delivery of career-focused opportunities.

Expanding career and technical education is part of the Plan4PA, the House Democrats’ proposal for creating and sustaining good jobs. More information can be found at www.plan4pa.com.

The governor has 10 days to act on the bill.