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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 21, 2020 10:02 AM
From: Senator John T. Yudichak
To: All Senate members
Subject: PA Skills Compact

In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that would create the Pennsylvania Skills Compact in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Skills Compact expands access to postsecondary training and would waive tuition and mandatory fees for every Pennsylvanian to earn an associate’s degree, technical certification, or occupational credential. The program is last dollar – requiring students to complete the FAFSA and use all existing aid before Pennsylvania contributes any funding for the remaining tuition and fees. As a last-dollar program, the Pennsylvania Skills Compact is a cost effective approach for the Commonwealth, pulling in under-used federal resources. The Pennsylvania Skills Compact is modeled on similar programs in Tennessee and Arkansas.

The Pennsylvania Skills Compact can raise postsecondary attainment, equip Pennsylvanians with the tools needed to succeed in the post-COVID economy, and promote long term economic growth in the Commonwealth.  I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation which will help promote Pennsylvania’s workforce development by expanding access to skills education and training. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 717-787-7105.