By Corrie Lingenfelter
A KEYS bill has been passed unanimously in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by a vote of 198 to 0 on May 5, 2015. The bill is to lengthen the allowable Vocation Education time in KEYS. The next step now is getting it through Senate. The total allowable time for KEYS students is 12 months. This bill will extend the time to 24 months if passed.
Denise Becker, a KEYS facilitator is asking her KEYS students to write a letter to senate. “This will get their voice heard and let the Senate know from first hand opinions how much of an impact this will have for them.” She has emailed all students past and present to get their take on how they feel and how it will help if the bill is passed.
I myself am a former member of the KEYS program which is designed to help single parents that may be low income, in between jobs, etc.. who are in college. It provides help with learning how to manage classes, children and work. It also provides different avenues of assistance in certain areas. The program is designed to really help those in the program succeed throughout their college years.
Senator Pat Vance was emailed and had went on to state to the KEYS director, “I’m looking forward to these students emails. I commend you on giving them an avenue to have their voice be heard.” No word yet on if the bill has gone any further.