A new state law signed by Gov. Tom Wolf this month brings the most significant reforms to the state’s Career and Technical Education laws in more than three decades.
Act 76 of 2019 ensures students are better prepared for success in the workforce while attracting employers and economic development to Pennsylvania.
The law expands an online database of articulation agreements so students know what courses may transfer between higher education institutions. It also requires schools to give equal opportunity to both college and career presenters at career fairs.
The measure also requires that the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, with assistance from the Department of Education, conduct a survey to determine the number and types of workforce development programs offered at secondary and postsecondary institutions.
To support CTE programs financially, Act 76 sets into law guidelines for CTE equipment grants.
It establishes the Schools-to-Work Program within the Department of Labor and Industry to provide grants to pre-apprenticeship programs. Supporters say that should establish or enhance workforce development partnerships between schools, employers, organizations or associations to create employment and training pathways.