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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 29, 2021 12:24 PM
From: Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie
To: All House members
Subject: CareerBound Workforce Development Program
In the near future I will be re-introducing legislation to create CareerBound, a program that will strengthen the connection between Pennsylvania’s students and the next generation of high-priority careers. CareerBound passed the House in previous sessions with strong bipartisan support.

Designed as a workforce development program, CareerBound will focus on allowing local workforce development boards to collaborate with schools, businesses, and other trade organizations to create effective, innovative school-to-work programs. These joint ventures will provide students with early exposure to a wide array of career opportunities including career expos, job shadowing, internships, and other career-education integration initiatives. The Department of Labor & Industry would be charged with overseeing programs established under CareerBound.

The school-to-work pilot programs that are approved for participation in CareerBound will be eligible to compete for funding that would be generated through the one-time issuance of tax credits for contributing businesses. Like the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), contributing businesses that participate in the program would be eligible for a 90% return on contributions; all other taxpayers that contribute would be eligible for a 75% return.

Please join me in co-sponsoring CareerBound to help prepare the next generation of our workforce for high-priority careers.

Introduced as HB1025