Solomon co-sponsors bipartisan Schools to Workplace Pipeline Act

HARRISBURG, Mar. 19 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., has teamed up with state Reps. Kate Klunk, R-York, and Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, to introduce legislation that would allow high school students to obtain real-world work experience while still in school.

“In a scenario like this, we all are winners,” Solomon said. “Our students get the experience and qualifications they need to step into a career after graduation, and local businesses reap the rewards of a well-trained workforce. I’m very proud to stand beside my colleagues Representatives Klunk and Bernstine in support of this pilot program, which we hope to spread all across the Commonwealth.”

House Bill 796 would establish a pilot program to encourage schools and local businesses to collaborate to provide work-based learning opportunities for high school students.

Solomon noted that one of the goals of the program is to familiarize students with all after-graduation options.

The pilot program is based off a successful partnership in southcentral Pennsylvania between the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, numerous Hanover-area businesses, the Hanover Public School District and South Western School District.

“The Hanover area is at the forefront of apprenticeship programs, and this initiative would propel it, and programs elsewhere in the Commonwealth, forward,” said Klunk, whose district includes Hanover.

Through their program, businesses are helping to design curriculum and investing in equipment at Hanover Senior High School for students to learn trades and obtain recognized certifications.

“This innovative pilot program would bring our business leaders and students together to transform our education system and prepare Pennsylvania students for Pennsylvania jobs,” Bernstine said.

The program would also encourage partnering businesses to offer apprenticeship, internship, or job opportunities to students.