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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 4, 2018 03:17 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Credits for Job Training Programs
I will reintroduce legislation that aims to connect employers with young job-seekers, establishing an early and reciprocal pathway to employment. I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.

Qualifying businesses will develop a job-training and educational program in which high school seniors obtain firsthand experience in the workplace. Such a program would target ‘golden-collar’ job skills for essential positions within growing industries which 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 toward postsecondary ed. opportunities – such as a certificate, license, or associate’s degree. The business offsets the financial burden for students by financially supporting those postsecondary school credits.

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 is a reintroduction of SB 103 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors included: Costa, Hughes, Fontana, Farnese, Schwank, Browne, Aument, Brewster, Haywood, Mensch, Sabatina, Tartaglione and Yudichak.

Introduced as SB384