Changes to Vocational-Technical Education Terminology

PennLink for Vocational and Technical Schools

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

December 31, 2019

PENN*LINK

 

TO: All LEAs
FROM: Debra Heath-Thornton, Director
  Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality
  Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education
   
  Lee Burket, Director
  Bureau of Career and Technical Education
  Office of Elementary and Secondary

 

Education SUBJECT:      Changes to Vocational-Technical Education Terminology

Signed by the Governor on October 30, 2019, Act 76 of 2019 amends the Public School Code of 1949 by replacing references to “Vocational-Technical” with “Career and Technical” and “Vocational” with “Career and Technical.”  References to “Vocation” is replaced with “Career and Technical.”  References to Vocational School Districts are deleted, and the State Board for Vocational Education is renamed the State Board of Career and Technical Education.  These changes are effective December 29, 2019.The Pennsylvania Department of Education is in the process of updating documents and its website to reflect the changes.All vocational certificates that are currently issued and will be issued in the future will now say “Career and Technical” in place of “Vocational.” The change in title does not affect any aspect of the certificate holder’s certification other than the change in language on the certificate. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Dr. Kerry Helm, Division Chief of Certification Services, Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality, at 717.525.5560. -- This message was sent via PL-ALL-LEA@LISTS.PSU.EDU, an email distribution list maintained by the PENN*LINK Service for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. To contact the managers of this list, send an email to PL-ALL-LEA-REQUEST@LISTS.PSU.EDU.