|Posted:||February 24, 2015 03:21 PM|
|From:||Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||"CareerBound" Workforce Development Program (Previous HB1725)|
|I am writing to ask you to join me as a co-sponsor of CareerBound, a program that will strengthen the connection between Pennsylvania’s students and the next generation of high-priority careers.
CareerBound encourages collaboration between schools, businesses, and the workforce system. In many ways, this program will function in a similar way to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), but with a focus on workforce development programs for middle and high school students.
Under CareerBound, local workforce investment boards, businesses, and schools will work together to develop innovate school-to-work pilot programs. These joint ventures will provide students early exposure to an array of career opportunities, including career expos, job shadowing, internships and other career-education integration initiatives.
The seven school-to-work pilot programs that are approved for participation in CareerBound will be eligible to compete for more than $10 million in funding that will be generated through the one-time issuance of tax credits for contributing businesses. Like the EITC, contributing businesses that participate in the program will be eligible for a 90% return on contributions; all other taxpayers that contribute will be eligible for a 75% return.
During the 2013-2014 legislative session, this legislation (House Bill 1725) passed the House unanimously.
Please join me in co-sponsoring CareerBound.
Previous co-sponsors included: MACKENZIE, SIMMONS, EVANKOVICH, AUMENT, BISHOP , BOBACK , COHEN , CUTLER , DUNBAR, EVERETT , GINGRICH , GROVE, KAUFFMAN , KNOWLES, KORTZ , KULA , LUCAS, MILLARD , MILNE , MIRABITO, MURT , O'NEILL , OBERLANDER, QUINN , REED , REGAN, SAYLOR , SCHLOSSBERG, THOMAS , TOBASH, TOOHIL, TURZAI , WATSON , DAY, FLECK , DAVIS, GOODMAN and NEUMAN
Introduced as HB725