HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) is going to bat for adults who are returning to the classroom and into the workforce.
“We need to better support those who may already have work experience but are looking to expand their opportunities,” said Struzzi. “My legislation is directed at fulfilling the needs of those adult learners who are looking to either better themselves or learn a new skill…or both.”
Working with the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education, Struzzi is introducing legislation to establish a $12 million dedicated fund to provide grants for eligible adult basic education providers.
“The COVID-19 pandemic further aggravated a situation where we have adults who are in search of employment for varying reasons,” Struzzi added. “The Recovery Fund for Adult Education would support bridge courses, high school equivalency test scholarships, tuition related expenses, marketing and outreach, and other innovative programming for adult learners. It would help close a gap in our economy, as well as in the lives of individuals who are willing and eager to make a change and better themselves.”
Struzzi’s creation of House Bill 1728
is also energized by the estimated 1 in 3 Americans who lack the necessary digital skills necessary for the field of technology in all forms of work. Under the legislation, grant awards would be capped at $500,000 with larger grants possibly available for multi-agency collaborations.
Questions about this or any legislation should be directed to Struzzi’s office at 1-724-465-0220.
Representative Jim Struzzi
62nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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