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Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Create a “Students in the Workplace” Program in Cambria County and Increase Awareness of Career Opportunities in Manufacturing


Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for The Challenge Program, Inc., through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC), to help more than 15,000 students experience first-hand career opportunities. manufacturing career in southwestern Pennsylvania.

“Providing a strong talent pipeline to the manufacturing industry is critical to its continued success in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “The Commonwealth has enjoyed great success through programs such as the one run by The Challenge Program, and the Wolf administration remains committed to continuing to invest in these important programs.”

The Challenge program plans to use its $200,000 funding from MTTC to increase manufacturing awareness activities and implement “Students in the Workplace” among the organization’s manufacturing and school partnerships. Through this program, more than 15,000 students in grades 10-12 will be introduced to the breadth of manufacturing possibilities, including the specific types of jobs available in the field and the training and education paths needed to access these careers.

“The ‘Students in the Workplace’ model has enabled The Challenge Program, Inc. to facilitate life-changing programs for students, educators, and makers in Pennsylvania communities,” said Barbara Grandinetti, president of The Challenge Program. “Connecting students to jobs, helping businesses find their future skilled workforce, and helping educators prepare for careers and work has dramatically changed student lives for better and stronger communities.

The mission of the Challenge program is to motivate high school students to develop the habits necessary to succeed in school and in their careers by establishing business/education partnerships. The organization has been connecting students to the workforce since 2003.

Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017 and has since funded 80 projects and invested more than $17.1 million through the MTTC program.

Career Training Grants support projects that result in short-term job readiness, job placement, or manufacturing advancement. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program works with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing critical skills to entry-level candidates seeking employment in manufacturing, engaging youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and/or advancing the capacity of local or regional manufacturers.

For more information on the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the DCED website and be sure to stay up to date with agency news on Facebook, Twitterand LinkedIn.

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