Gov. Wolf Announces New Funding to Support Accelerated Job Training Program in Northeastern Pennsylvania

March 29, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for Lackawanna College to support the Core Manufacturing Skills Certificate Program, an innovative accelerated training program to create a job-ready manufacturing workforce throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.

“Creating pathways from job training to career is critical for our manufacturing industry and our economy,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration will continue supporting programs like the Core Manufacturing Skills Certificate Program to provide the resources we need to grow and enhance the competitiveness of the commonwealth into the 21st century.”

The grant will provide $154,555 to Lackawanna College which, in partnership with several workforce development organizations and a consortium of manufacturers, created the Regional Accelerated Training Advisory Board (RATAB) to offer the Core Manufacturing Skills Certificate Program. The program will provide workers the skills necessary for entry-level positions in advanced manufacturing through classroom, simulation-based, and online skill building lessons. Participants will also receive interview skills training and assistance with employment placement. The program will consist of two cohorts of 15 members. The first cohort will be offered at the Lackawanna College Scranton Campus in summer 2019. The second session will service the Northern Tier and will be held at Lackawanna College’s Towanda Center in 2020.

“This program is the result of a year-long collaboration with local workforce development boards and key industry partners, including the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), to prepare individuals for careers in advanced manufacturing,” said Lackawanna College President Mark Volk. “We thank Governor Wolf for his support in our efforts to strengthen our workforce and our manufacturing industry.”

The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers.

The Training-to-Career grant is part of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.

In the 2019-2020 Executive Budget, Governor Wolf proposed the new Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) to provide workforce development opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP will expand access to early childhood education, increase investments in schools and educators, and further partner with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative. Through SWEAP and PAsmart, the governor is calling for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.

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