– The Senate unanimously approved today House Bill 265
, which includes provisions by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), to improve career and technical education (CTE) in Pennsylvania. The bill now goes back to the House for a concurrence vote.
“This already strong bill was made stronger with the inclusion of my House Bill 334
and House Bill 297
,” Grove said. “Though the bills seek to improve various aspects of CTE, the singular goal is to improve education here in the Commonwealth.”
Grove’s House Bill 334 would create easier-to-navigate trails schools can follow to establish and renew vocational programs. It was amended into House Bill 265, which seeks to expand an established database to allow students and potential students to plan where courses, programs, certificates and diplomas transfer among public schools and institutions of higher education.
A second bill amended into House Bill 265 is House Bill 297 to requires the Department of Education to develop materials outlining workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential to ensure students are aware of opportunities from a wide variety of organizations and career paths. It also allows for community colleges and other technical and/or trade schools to attend career and college fairs.
The initiative to improve CTE was developed from recommendations found in a report issued by the House Select Subcommittee, which Grove chaired, on Technical Education and Career Readiness.
“These bills were all passed by the House as part of our efforts to help lead students to fulfilling, family-sustaining jobs through CTE. We believe the best way to obtaining high pay is through education, and that doesn’t always mean a four-year college degree,” Grove said.
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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