Senate Panel Explores Career and Technical Education Programs
A highly skilled workforce is one of the most important factors businesses consider when deciding where to relocate and expand, so education and job training programs play a critical role in the financial health and well-being of Pennsylvania communities. Lancaster County recently hosted a hearing of the Senate Education Subcommittee on Career & Technical Education, which I chair, so lawmakers could learn more about how workforce development programs have changed in recent years and how they are continuing to adapt to changes in the state’s economic landscape.
Testifiers included experts from the education community, as well leaders in business and workforce development. One of the key takeaways from the hearing was the value of programs offered locally here in Lancaster County, including the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center and the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Coupled with the efforts of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board and the investments and involvement of local employers, these programs provide a gateway to rewarding careers for both young students and adult learners.
Lawmakers were encouraged to support new initiatives and approaches to prepare students for careers in high demand professions and expand education options for young people. Participants also spoke about the need to open up new avenues to ensure high-quality educators are certified and available to provide the specialized training necessary to meet the demands of today’s workforce. Supporting these programs offers a concrete way for lawmakers to help promote an opportunity society in which every Pennsylvanian can achieve earned success and support a robust economy in communities throughout the state.
Video and written testimony from the hearing are available here.
I enjoyed speaking to students and learning about job training programs during my visit to the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center’s Mount Joy Campus.
Denver Town Hall Meeting Offers Opportunities for Discussion, Feedback
It is critical for elected officials in all levels of government to maintain an open dialogue with the citizens they represent. That is one reason why I work hard to ensure residents of our local communities can contact me through a number of different avenues to voice their opinions and share their concerns about what is happening in Harrisburg and throughout Lancaster County.
I look forward to hosting a town hall meeting at the Borough Office in Denver on October 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This format allows community residents to voice their opinions and get answers to important questions on a wide variety of topics. The feedback gathered during these meetings is critical in helping to shape my legislative agenda, and I look forward to having another informational conversation at next week’s event.
If you are unable to make it to the town hall in Denver, I will host another meeting in a few weeks in Landisville on November 2. I hope to see you there!
We had a beautiful evening to celebrate the official opening of the Manheim Farm Show.
REAL ID Extension Granted Through January 22
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the grace period for Pennsylvania to comply with federal photo ID standards, meaning state residents can continue to use a state-issued driver’s license or photo ID card to enter federal facilities through January 22, 2018. Lawmakers already passed legislation to comply with the federal law earlier this year, and REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses should be available beginning in 2019.
State officials have already applied for an extension of the waiver through 2020 to ensure all state residents who want their photo ID to comply with federal law will have the option to receive one. The application for that extension is under review.
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