Solomon's Schools-to-Work bill on way to creating local career pathways all across PA

PHILADELPHIA, May 21 – Today, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., announced that his bipartisan legislation will provide $2.8 million in grants to foster new partnerships between schools and businesses, creating new local career opportunities throughout the commonwealth.  

Solomon and Republican Rep. Kate Klunk worked together on a comprehensive career and technical education bill modeled after Hanover High School's successful efforts in linking local high school students with local businesses. 

“Manufacturing and production careers have been integral to our society, and as our economy slowly regains footing in the wake of the pandemic, this ever-growing field has proven to be sustainable and lucrative,” Solomon said. “I’m thrilled to see our legislation come to fruition through the creation of the Schools-to-Work program that develops a pipeline for high school students across our commonwealth’s 67 counties to train and acquire employment in many industries without having to leave their neighborhoods.” 

Schools-to-Work grants were awarded competitively and funded in increments up to $250,000 to create educational opportunities for students that include classroom training, workplace visits, internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, and employment opportunities. 

Once proven effective, Solomon believes that the Schools-to-Work model will be effective throughout Philadelphia and the commonwealth.