Mar. 11, 2019

HARRISURG – As part of the House Republican Caucus’ commitment to putting families first through increased job opportunities, the House Education Committee on Monday passed Government Oversight Committee Chairman Seth Grove’s (R-Dover) House Bill 334 to make it easier for schools to establish and renew vocational programs and for students to apply certain credits toward job-training programs.

“There remains a noticeable skills gap in Pennsylvania and this bill, and the entire package, addresses the issue by encouraging students to prepare themselves for good, high-tech jobs, which pay family-sustaining wages,” Grove said. “My legislation would help students apply credits earned through the completion of certain courses toward programs offered in vocational schools.”

Specifically, Grove’s bill would instruct the Pennsylvania Department of Education to create guidelines for when a student who successfully completes a course, program or activity in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) for credit may apply the credit toward a course through a vocational-technical school, technical institution or vocational school.

The legislation also would provide a much easier to navigate pathway 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.

“This bill aids students and schools alike by providing the means for them to adapt to the ever-changing ways students are educated and prepare for life after school,” Grove said. “The package of bills gives students the ability to earn higher wages and hold fulfilling jobs.”

Grove’s bill, as well the package of bills approved by the committee, now go to the full House for consideration.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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