Hill-Evans, Policy Committee explore apprenticeship programs

YORK, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing highlighting the importance of apprenticeship programs, partnerships with career technical education and workforce development.

Hill-Evans was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

“As legislators, it’s important that we work together with our educators to help get the word out about our children’s future opportunities,” Hill-Evans explained. “It takes people with all different backgrounds and talents to make our community work successfully. Today’s hearing helped us all understand that there are many programs and educational opportunities, other than the college track, where students can have successful careers.”

Sturla added, “It’s important that students know lucrative, family-sustaining careers come from the trades. Apprenticeship and technical education programs provide fantastic opportunities that prepare today’s kids for tomorrow’s jobs and without a drastic financial burden. Thanks to Representative Hill-Evans for making working to make sure we spread that news.”

The committee heard testimony from Eric Ramsay, director of the Apprenticeship and Training Office, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry; Kevin Schreiber, president/CEO, York County Economic Alliance; John Lloyd, president/CEO, MANTEC; Tom Palisin, executive director, The Manufacturers’ Association; Scott Rogers, assistant director, York County School of Technology; Kevin Appnel, executive director, York County Alliance for Learning; Victor Rodgers, associate provost for workforce development, Harrisburg Area Community College; and Kat Arnold, Served Drafting Apprenticeship.

The meeting was one in a series held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com.

Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.