Rep. Madden: Career and technical education bill signed into law

HARRISBURG, Nov. 7 -- State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said her support for a statewide educational program that now expands access to career opportunities for students is another step toward helping students make decisions about their future.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 76 which makes the governor’s PAsmart website part of the law and establishes provisions that support career and technical education and workforce development in Pennsylvania.

“I continue to be a staunch supporter of our career and technical education programs in Pennsylvania that offer our students the opportunity to develop skills through hands-on learning experiences and classes which can lead to good-paying, family sustaining jobs,” Madden said.

Madden said the PAsmart website consolidates Pennsylvania’s education, training and job search tools for people pursuing an education or career in Pennsylvania.

“The state is investing much of its resources such as $70 million in funding for the workforce development initiative with $30 million into job training,” Madden said.

Madden said vocational training is like a job apprenticeship because students get vocational education and training in a short time compared to other educational programs which require three or four years of extensive studies to earn a degree.

According to the Pennsylvania Vocational Pubic Schools Report for the 2019-20 school year, there are 82 top vocational public schools in Pennsylvania.