Governor Wolf Announces Support for New, No-Cost Manufacturing Training Program in North Central PA

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced the approval of new funding to Workforce Solutions of North Central Pennsylvania to provide trainees with electronics and machinery training at no cost to help them get jobs with local manufacturers.

“One of the most important ways we can strengthen our workforce is to empower job seekers – especially those with barriers – and do everything we can to support them getting the skills they need to land stable, family-sustaining jobs in manufacturing,” Governor Wolf said. “These no-cost trainings from Workforce Solutions of North Central Pennsylvania will give real opportunities to Pennsylvanians looking for a manufacturing job, even for those whom paid training programs are out of reach.”

The grant will provide $150,000 to Workforce Solutions of North Central Pennsylvania to offer new programs that will provide training in electronics and instrumentation as well as CNC lathe programming and operation. The programs will enable 40 trainees to gain industry-recognized credentials free of charge to the trainee. Curricula for the programs will be based on input from local manufacturers to best meet the specific needs of the region’s manufacturing employers.

“Workforce Solutions was contacted by a group of manufacturing employers about the lack of job seekers who can skillfully build control panels. This electronics and instrumentation training is currently being developed and will be the first of the training sessions offered in our region through this funding,” said Pam Streich, director of strategic planning and project management for Workforce Solutions of North Central Pennsylvania. “I want to thank Governor Wolf for recognizing the need for this training and making these programs possible for us.”

The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers. Governor Wolf recently announced other Training-to-Career grants to Precision Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Research Center, the Greater Johnstown Career & Technical Center and Robert Morris University.

The Training-to-Career grant is one of three components of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, along with Industrial Resource Centers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program, that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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