|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
A key to Pennsylvania’s economic success is to ensure its students and workers are prepared to fill the good-paying jobs of today and tomorrow.
A new initiative dubbed “Good Jobs 4 PA” was recently unveiled in the House of Representatives that focuses on enhancing the state’s workforce development system to help students, under-employed and unemployed adults, as well as returning military veterans and others, enter fulfilling careers.
There are plans to move several workforce development-related bills through the House in the next few weeks. The bills address the skills gap and worker shortage industries across the state are facing.
There are also multiple bills to enhance educational programs and access so more Pennsylvanians can benefit from the training available and necessary to allow more people to thrive in family-sustaining careers.
The legislation includes:
- House Bill 265, which would expand the online database that allows students and potential students to plan where courses, programs, certificates and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.
- House Bill 297, which would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential.
- House Bill 334, which would expedite the approval of important educational programs to respond better to industry and workforce demands.
- House Bill 393, which would create an online career resource center.
- House Bill 394, which would require the PDE to inventory workforce development programs offered at secondary and postsecondary institutions.
- House Bill 395, which would require career and technical education (CTE) programs to establish occupational advisory committees.
- House Bill 396, which would add at least one member from a Career and Technical Center to each Workforce Development Board.
- House Bill 522, which would create a CTE investment incentive program, including tax credits for contributions to support CTE programs and enrollment expansion programs.
For too long there has been a mismatch between what Pennsylvania produces and what the economy needs in terms of an educated or skilled workforce. The Good Jobs 4 PA initiative is designed to change that by creating opportunities for all.
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office