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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 13, 2019 08:23 AM
From: Representative Gerald J. Mullery
To: All House members
Subject: Workforce Development Program Inventory and Clearinghouse
In many areas around the Commonwealth the various CTE stakeholders are engaging in meaningful partnerships to encourage a continuum of career and workforce development opportunities for our students. However there is a need to focus on encouraging the expansion of quality programs into other parts of the state and even statewide.

Before this goal can be accomplished we must gather a complete accounting of existing CTE programs and use those programs as a model to build and foster local cooperation across the spectrum of stakeholders to improve career opportunities for students in their local communities.
I plan to introduce legislation that would require the Department of Education (PDE) and the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) to conduct a complete inventory of existing workforce development programs at both the secondary and postsecondary levels with particular emphasis on opportunities for business-education partnerships with the goal being to share those best practices learned with the various entities to help improve the delivery of career focused opportunities.

This legislation is a part of a bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) legislative package, with the goal to improve the delivery of CTE in the Commonwealth. This package of legislation is a result of the recommendations of the Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness (Select Committee) established pursuant to HR 102 of 2015. I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important measure.

Introduced as HB394