Media Advisory – Senate Hearing on the Role of Adult Education in Workforce Development on September 22

HARRISBURG – The Senate Labor and Industry Committee, chaired by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), and the Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Scott Martin (R-13), will hold a joint public hearing on the role of adult education in workforce development on Wednesday, September 22 from 9-11 a.m. in Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Main Capitol Complex and via Zoom.

The first portion of the hearing, focusing on the state perspective, will feature the following testifiers: Dr. Tanya Garcia, acting deputy secretary and commissioner for postsecondary and higher education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education; Amanda Harrison, chief of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education’s Division of Adult Education; and Sheila Ireland, deputy secretary for workforce development for the Department of Labor and Industry.

The second panel will cover adult education career pathways and feature the following testifiers from adult education providers: Cheryl Hiester, executive director for the Literacy Council of Lancaster and Lebanon; Carey Harris, chief executive officer for Literacy Pittsburgh; Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, president and chief executive officer for Peirce College; Carlos Graupera, chief executive officer for SACA and SACA Development; and Dr. Kim Rassau, executive director for Manchester-Bidwell Training Center. Adult education providers will be accompanied by employer partners and program graduates in offering testimony.

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CONTACTEric Kratz (Sen. Bartolotta’s office), 717-787-1463

                        Terry Trego (Sen. Martin’s office), 717-787-6535

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