Secretary Davin Celebrates Manufacturing PA Grant to Robert Morris University, Tours Future Site of RMU Workforce Development Program

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined staff from Robert Morris University (RMU) to tour the Energy Innovation Center, a ‘living laboratory’ for education and workforce training programs, in Pittsburgh, highlighting the recent approval of a grant to RMU through Governor Wolf’s new Manufacturing PA program.

“The manufacturing sector has always been a top priority for Governor Wolf, and with Manufacturing PA now up and running, it’s enabling us to help strengthen the sector more than ever before,” Secretary Davin said. “With this Training-to-Career grant, RMU’s new program is going to give job seekers the skills they need to get great, family-sustaining jobs in the manufacturing sector. RMU’s program will be an excellent complement to all of the other amazing programs offered here at the Energy Innovation Center.”

Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced that RMU was approved for a grant through the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career program, a new initiative designed to provide individuals seeking jobs in the manufacturing sector with the skills they need to gain employment. Although the approved training program will initially be offered at RMU’s Moon Township campus, the university plans to offer its program at the Energy Innovation Center when construction of RMU’s space in the facility is complete.

“Robert Morris University is truly honored to receive this grant,” said Maria Kalevitch, dean of the RMU School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. “As the only institution in Pennsylvania with an ABET-accredited degree in manufacturing engineering, we are strong supporters of the state’s workforce development initiatives and we look forward to playing an important role in boosting the economic vitality of the Pittsburgh region.”

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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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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