Wolf Administration Encourages Students to Pursue Manufacturing Careers at ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ Awards Ceremony

Reading, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary for Business Financing Carol Kilko encouraged students to pursue careers in manufacturing at the ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ Berks Schuylkill awards ceremony.

“Pennsylvania has always been a pioneer in the manufacturing industry,” Kilko said. “And that’s why we continue supporting this contest. Initiatives like ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ connect people to good-paying jobs and provide students the opportunity to explore new careers. We’re committed to moving our economy forward by helping manufacturers grow and giving our workforce the skills they need to succeed.”

The ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ contest is dedicated to changing perceptions and attitudes in Pennsylvania about advanced manufacturing careers. The contest pairs teams of middle school students with local manufacturers. The student teams then create a video profile that shows what the manufacturers produce, how they make their products, and why the manufacturer is a great place to work.

In December 2018, Governor Wolf announced grants for the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in the Lehigh Valley and the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) to expand the video contest into additional regions throughout Pennsylvania.

“MRC lauds the administration’s commitment to create and expand the opportunities available in Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry,” said Jack Pfunder, President and CEO of MRC. “Partnerships like ours are key to building the strongest workforce in the nation.”

The ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ contest aligns with Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, which in the governor’s current budget proposal calls for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education.

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to the manufacturing sector, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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