Govt. Wolf: New funding awarded to boost student interest in PA manufacturing, develop talent pipeline for manufacturers in Clinton, Lycoming and Union counties
(STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for Advance Central PA, through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC), to educate students about Commonwealth manufacturing and at local Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs that are available to help prepare them for these high-paying careers.
“This is an excellent awareness campaign, which benefits both students and area makers,” Governor Wolf said. “It will show students and their parents all the wonderful opportunities available in the manufacturing industry while developing a strong pipeline of talented new candidates who will help manufacturers in the region thrive.”
Advance Central PA plans to use its $80,058 MTTC funding to produce five professional videos highlighting local manufacturing careers and local CTE programs that prepare students to enter pathways for rewarding careers , stable and durable in manufacturers; an advanced marketing campaign showcasing CTE’s innovation and the pathways they open to careers in manufacturing; and educator in manufacturing events where guidance counselors and other educators will view their local CTE space before visiting local manufacturers to learn first-hand how CTE prepares students for the many career opportunities available in manufacturing.
The videos will be shown to approximately 5,000 students in partner school districts in Clinton, Lycoming and Union Counties, and will also be featured on Advance Central PA’s YouTube channel. As part of the marketing campaign, printed materials will be developed and prominently displayed in partner schools.
“Advance Central PA is excited for this opportunity to showcase modern manufacturing and related vocational and technical training programs available in Central PA that provide students with the opportunity to graduate from high school and transition quickly into a rewarding career. and afford the lifestyle that matches their dreams,” said Erica Mulberger, Executive Director of Advance Central PA. “We hope this project will enlighten parents, teachers and students on these rewarding career paths in manufacturing and create a sustainable workforce for the region. »
Advance Central PA oversees programs designed to ensure Central Pennsylvania businesses remain competitive and create jobs, workers have the opportunity to learn skills that will help them become or remain self-sufficient, and Pennsylvania communities are economically resilient. Advance Central PA’s nine-county Workforce Development Area (WDA) covers a total of 5,370 square miles and includes Center, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder counties and Union.
Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017 and has since funded 81 projects and invested more than $17.2 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, engage youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and/or advancing the capacity of local or regional manufacturers.
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