I am currently pursuing a plan to expand the County Vocational Technical School to be available to those no longer in high school but lack labor skills to obtain meaningful employment without raising taxes.
This program would receive funding from the contractor licensure revenues costing zero dollars to the tax payer. Each student attending would be on scholarships as they maintain required prerequisites. The available positions will be competitive as to attract those who are serious about bettering their selves through new skills and sustaining no new tax burdens to Erie County tax payers.
As it may be difficult for some to acquire transportation the program will take place at satellite classrooms throughout the county. This will be accomplished by partnering with local skilled tradesmen and school districts in places like Girard, Erie, North East, Corry, and Edinboro. Utilizing existing school buildings for evening and weekend course work will provide new revenue for these school districts as well as make this program more accessible to those who would benefit from its programs. Additionally, we will coordinate with EMTA to schedule shuttle services to and from satellite schools to the County Vo-Tech on designated lab evenings.
Funds from the county licensure will be further utilized to create a co-op program to teach construction trades as well as purchase/renovate blighted structures, and use proceeds of home sales to fund future student projects.