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Pennsylvania state lawmakers need to look beyond legislation when retooling the state’s Workforce Development System and start over, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a joint hearing of the House Commerce and Labor and Industry Committees.
An audit released last month by DePasquale’s office said the state’s workforce development system did not meet the needs of employers and a stronger commitment is needed.
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House Labor and Industry Chairman Jim Cox asked DePasquale if a different board structure or another solution was needed.
"I think it needs to be restructured entirely," DePasquale said. "I am going a little rogue here. You have to envision nothing exists right now and how you would create it. None of us would have it look like it does today."
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An emphasis should be placed on educating workers for the jobs needed by employers today, DePasquale said. He referred to the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, a two-year technical college in Lancaster that has a job placement rate near 100 percent.
Rep. Keith Greiner, R-Lampeter, asked DePasquale if a bigger focus should be placed on schools like Thaddeus Stevens without minimizing the universities and colleges in the state.
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"The short answer is yes," he answered. "How can you look at a 100 percent placement rate and think, ‘We shouldn’t be doing more of that?’"
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