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Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Expand Welding and Metal Fabrication Training Opportunities in Mifflin and Juniata Counties


Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology (the Academy) through the PA Career Training Program of Pennsylvania (MTTC) to retain an instructor full-time Adult Welding and allow free tuition in the Adult Certified Welding Program for out-of-school youth in central Pennsylvania.

“The skilled trades are an important part of the economy, so it’s important to ensure that Pennsylvania has high-quality skilled trades education programs,” Governor Wolf said. “MTTC funding helps keep the Commonwealth at the forefront of manufacturing. The Wolf administration is proud to have supported this investment.

MTTC funding of $100,000 will be used to retain a full-time adult welding instructor. Having this instructor and working towards accreditation will increase the number of out-of-school adults and youth. Students will learn the essential skills that entry-level candidates need for certified welding training. Additionally, this full-time adult welding instructor provides additional capacity for training new employees through an expanded registered apprenticeship training program and customized workforce training.

“This grant will help us provide local, affordable training opportunities to teach the essential skills that entry-level candidates need to be hired,” said Mike McMonigal, Supervisor of Adult and Post-Secondary Education. , Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology. “By providing these opportunities, we will help meet the demand for skilled labor in a rural part of the Commonwealth. We have worked with local manufacturers to identify the skills that these candidates lack and we are committed to filling this need. »

The Academy has been providing high quality vocational and technical education in central Pennsylvania since 1968. The school provides training for high school students in Mifflin and Juniata counties, as well as more than 17 different adult and post-secondary courses , including practical nursing, cosmetology, commercial driver’s license, and more.

Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA Initiative was launched in October 2017 and has since funded 74 projects and invested more than $16.2 million through the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant 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 Department of Community and Economic Development website.

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