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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 14, 2019 09:02 AM
From: Representative Patrick J. Harkins
To: All House members
Subject: Online Career Resource Center
When it comes to making informed decisions about education and careers, students and parents need to be well equipped with relevant and meaningful knowledge and tools that can help thoughtfully guide this decision-making process.

Currently, in the Commonwealth, there are many useful career resources available from individual agencies in their respective efforts to advance CTE and workforce opportunities for students. However, the information isn’t located in a central location with tools that allow students and parents to obtain information about CTE and resources available to them in their exploration into various postsecondary pathways.

It is imperative that CTE information be easily accessible to students, parents, educators, and other school officials, therefore I plan to introduce legislation that would require the Departments of Education (PDE), Labor and Industry (L&I) and Agriculture to develop and maintain a comprehensive online career resource center for students, parents, educators, and school officials to provide information on the value and impact of CTE, career pathways, data and statistics on employment opportunities and compensation, postsecondary options and statewide and regional articulation agreements.

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 HB393