Wolf Administration Highlights Job Training Program Success Stories Made Possible by Governor’s Manufacturing PA Initiative
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Tuesday, July 24th, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary for Technology and Innovation Sheri Collins joined representatives from Reading Area Community College (RACC), Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, and other partners to provide an update on Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, which supports Pennsylvania’s manufacturing community through strategic partnerships while emphasizing job training to career pathways.
Since Governor Wolf launched Manufacturing PA last year, the initiative has awarded $8.6 million in funding to Industrial Resource Centers, educational institutions, and other manufacturing partners cross the commonwealth. This includes a total of more than $1 million awarded to nine organizations across the commonwealth to develop new, innovative training programs to help more than 350 unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector.
“The metals manufacturing sector is critically important to the Johnstown economy,” said Linda Thomson, president and CEO of JARI. “Abundant job openings throughout this sector are requiring outside-the-box thinking about how to move individuals into manufacturing career paths. The Training to Career grant program is helping JARI to do just that by helping us provide training that leads to a manufacturing certification, thus filling critical job openings.”
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