PITTSBURGH TECHNICAL COLLEGE PRESIDENT SELECTED TO HELP ADVANCE STATEWIDE CAREER READINESS
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey‐Smith Named to Career Ready Coalition by PA Department of Education
PITTSBURGH—March 10, 2020 –Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC)’s President and CEO, Dr. Alicia B. Harvey‐Smith, has been recognized as a Career Ready PA Champion by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role, Dr. Harvey‐Smith will represent PA Region 2 in working with Career Ready PA Coalition to advance the state’s workforce readiness.
The Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Revera II, will head the coalition and invited Dr. Harvey‐Smith to help in shaping the statewide initiative. Rivera’s written invitation stated, “Your commitment to career readiness has helped us identify you as a champion for Pennsylvania’s learners. Congratulations! As the Pennsylvania Department of Education advances workforce readiness statewide, I am asking that you serve on our Career Ready PA Coalition, which will work to ensure that all learners have equitable access to effective workforce training and career pathways.”
Among the goals of the Career Ready PA Coalition, the group will work to ensure that all learners have equitable access to effective workforce training and career pathways.
“Expanding access to education is a key component of my presidency with Pittsburgh Technical College, and I’m excited to do so beyond the Pittsburgh region and strengthen the educational outcomes of our state as a whole,” said Dr. Harvey‐Smith. “It is an honor to be included in such a worthwhile endeavor and to receive this invitation from Mr. Rivera.”
Dr. Harvey‐Smith will work with members of the Career Ready PA Coalition to identify both statewide and regional priorities for career readiness. Her participation begins with a kick‐off event on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Dixon University Center at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) headquarters in Harrisburg, PA. Rivera’s letter continued, “The event will bring together career champions from across the state and provide strategic opportunities for networking and collaboration to advance career pathways for all learners.”
“Pennsylvania’s economic future depends on having a well‐educated and skilled workforce that is prepared to meet the current and projected demands of a global, knowledge‐based 21st century economy. Learners across the state will be prepared for meaningful engagement in postsecondary education, in workforce training, in career pathways, and as responsible, involved citizens,” according to the Career Ready PA Coalition website. More information can be found at education.pa.gov/CareerReadyPA.