HARRISBURG – Legislation containing language drafted by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) to make select credits students earn transferable to job-training institutions and create easier processes schools can follow to establish and renew vocational programs is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
“The needs of the workforce continue to change, and schools need the tools to adapt if students are to gain an education that prepares them for available jobs,” said Grove. “The bill we passed today will help schools make needed improvements to their programming in order to meet workforce demands.”
House Bill 265
contains guidelines so students can apply credits obtained through certain science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) courses to job-training institutions.
With the enactment of Grove’s language, the Pennsylvania Department of Education would be tasked with creating guidelines for when a student who successfully completes a STEM course, program or activity for credit can also apply the credit toward a course through a vocational-technical school, technical institution or vocational school.
It also would provide a clearer path for school districts, charter schools, regional charter schools, cyber charter schools, intermediate units or area vocational-technical schools to establish and renew vocational programs. This would be done by establishing a standard application form for the school entities.
“I want to thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for providing the support needed to move this legislation to the governor’s desk,” said Grove. “The future of education in Pennsylvania is looking good.”
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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