|Posted:||January 9, 2017 03:55 PM|
|From:||Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie and Rep. Justin J. Simmons, Rep. Eli Evankovich|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||CareerBound Workforce Development Program|
|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. During the 2015-2016 legislative session, this legislation (House Bill 725) passed the House unanimously. In similar fashion, this legislation also passed the House unanimously during the 2013-2014 session.
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 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.
Please join me in co-sponsoring CareerBound.
Prior Co-Sponsors: SIMMONS, EVANKOVICH, BISHOP, BOBACK, COHEN, CUTLER, DAVIS, EVERETT, GOODMAN, GROVE, HAHN, HARHART, A. HARRIS, HEFFLEY, KNOWLES, KORTZ, LONGIETTI, McNEILL, MILLARD, D. MILLER, NEUMAN, O'NEILL, OBERLANDER, M. QUINN, SAYLOR, SCHLOSSBERG, SCHREIBER, STAATS, THOMAS, TOOHIL, WATSON, GINGRICH, KAUFFMAN, DUNBAR, B. MILLER, ROZZI, ZIMMERMAN, V. BROWN, GIBBONS and MILNE
Introduced as HB25