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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 19, 2014 09:58 AM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Credits For Approved Job Training Programs
In the near future, I will introduce legislation that aims to connect employers with young job-seekers, establishing an early and reciprocal pathway to employment.

Qualifying businesses will develop a job-training and educational program in which high school seniors obtain firsthand experience in the workplace. Specifically, the program targets skilled, ‘golden-collar’ jobs that are essential positions within growing industries, and do not require a 4-year traditional degree. In turn, the business will receive a tax credit.

Student participants will gain supervised experience, and also receive postsecondary school credits upon successful completion of the training program. The credits would be applicable towards a certificate, license, or associate’s degree. The business offsets the financial burden for students by financially supporting the postsecondary school credits as part of the program.

Pennsylvania has some of the highest costs for public, private and community college education in the nation. The Commonwealth funds public higher education at approximately 50 percent of the national average. An estimated 71 percent of students graduate with debt, with the average of $32,258 per student.

This bill is part of the multi-faceted College Access Plan (CAP). CAP is a comprehensive package of legislation designed to improve student access to higher education, reduce student debt and jump-start Pennsylvania's economy.

Introduced as SB110