Governor Wolf Announces More Than $2 Million in Teacher in the Workplace Grants to Help Students and Businesses Thrive
June 13, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his commitment to helping students gain the education and job skills they and their employers need to succeed in a global economy by announcing the award of more than $2 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants to 48 programs across the commonwealth.
“A 21st century economy demands a technically skilled, well-prepared workforce and my administration is dedicated to helping our young people get the skills they need to succeed,” Governor Wolf said. “These funds will provide educators with a more thorough understanding of the skills necessary to thrive in the workplace, make curriculum more employer-relevant, and help ensure that students are career-ready upon graduation.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) awarded the grants through local workforce development boards (LWDBs) across Pennsylvania. The grants allow teachers, counselors and school administrators to interact directly with industry and business leaders to learn about industry trends, needs and opportunities. This first-hand experience and knowledge can then be used to enhance classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness.
“What Pennsylvania businesses need to grow and expand are skilled workers,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Teacher in the Workplace programs provide educators with opportunities to interact at local businesses to obtain a better understanding of in-demand careers, and the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, which helps to provide students with the work-relevant skills that employers require.
“Engaging employers in order to help students connect to the world beyond the classroom is one of the reasons why Governor Wolf has proposed a new $50 million investment through PAsmart. Included in the proposal is $5 million to promote business-education partnerships in a K-12 environment where career awareness and exploration activities help develop a future pipeline of workers.”
PAsmart would improve coordination across commonwealth agencies and also invest $7 million in apprenticeships, $25 million in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and computer science education, $10 million for innovative approaches to help students and workers get skills training for STEM and other in-demand careers, and $3 million to support Industry Partnerships.
Teacher in the Workplace programs allow teachers, counselors and school administrators to interact directly with industry and business leaders to learn about industry trends, needs and opportunities. This first-hand experience and knowledge can then be used to enhance classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness.
Following is a list of Teacher in the Workplace grant recipients and amounts awarded.
|Grantee||Grant Title||Award Amount|
|Berks County WDB||Berks County Career Pathways Alliance: Capacity Building for the Inside Berks Business Educator Internship Program||$50,000|
|Bucks County WDB||Education and Industry Partnership||$50,000|
|Central WDB||Teacher in the Workplace Externship Program||$11,693|
|Central WDB||Nurturing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today in Central PA||$49,170|
|Central WDB||Future Ready in Williamsport, PA||$26,343|
|Central WDB||Project BEST: Business and Education Standing Together||$36,850|
|Chester County WDB||The Chester County STEM Leadership Academy||$50,000|
|Delaware County WDB||Preparing Students for the Future: Making the Connection between Industry and Classroom Instruction||$14,112|
|Lackawanna County WDB||Educators in the Workplace – Bridging the Gap Between Education and Business||$50,000|
|Lancaster County WDB||Project RELATE: Reciprocal Learning Among Teachers and Employers||$50,000|
|Lehigh Valley WDB||Teacher in the Manufacturing Workplace||$50,000|
|Lehigh Valley WDB||Catasauqua Area School District Educator in the Workplace||$17,600|
|Luzerne-Schuylkill WDB||Bridging the Workplace, Classroom, and Out of School Time Environment||$50,000|
|Luzerne-Schuylkill WDB||Impact: Leadership in Education||$35,000|
|Luzerne-Schuylkill WDB||Educating from the Workplace to the Classroom||$33,889|
|Montgomery WDB||Reimagining College and Career Pathways||$25,784|
|Montgomery WDB||Real-world STEM Learning to Enhance Curriculum and Instruction||$50,000|
|Montgomery WDB||The Central Montco Technical High School Auto Body Learning Educator Experience||$5,000|
|North Central WDB||Educator in the Workplace – Clearfield and Jefferson Counties||$49,960|
|North Central WDB||Educator in the Workplace – IU9 Service Region||$50,000|
|Northern Tier WDB||Tioga County Career Ready Rounds||$19,912|
|Northwest WDB||NWPA Teacher in the Workplace||$50,000|
|Northwest WDB||Teacher in the Workplace – Clarion, Forest, and Venango Counties||$49,960|
|Philadelphia Works||Connecting Philadelphia Educators and Local Energy Workforce Opportunities||$50,000|
|Philadelphia Works||Teacher in the Workplace STEM Fellowship||$50,000|
|Philadelphia Works||Teachers in the Healthcare Workplace||$50,000|
|Philadelphia Works||Legacy Pathways – Legacy Bridges NASA Legends & Trail Blazers STEM Institute||$50,000|
|Philadelphia Works||Additive Manufacturing and the Workforce of the Future||$26,700|
|Philadelphia Works||Aspira Charter Middle Schools Energy Efficiency/Environmental Remediation||$50,000|
|Pocono Counties WDB||Employers and Educators: Bridging the Gap||$50,000|
|South Central WDB||Lebanon Educator-Workplace Partnership||$50,000|
|South Central WDB||Educator in the Workplace Grant||$50,000|
|South Central WDB||West Shore Teacher in the Workplace STEM Academy||$35,071|
|South Central WDB||FrAY STEM Ecosystem Educator in the Workplace||$30,897|
|South Central WDB||Leadership Academy Honors Track – Skilled Trades/Apprenticeship Focus||$50,000|
|South Central WDB||Leadership Academy Honors Track – Accounting/Business||$50,000|
|South Central WDB||Leadership Academy Honors Track – Healthcare||$50,000|
|South Central WDB||Leadership Academy Honors Track – Manufacturing||$50,000|
|Southern Alleghenies WDB||Teacher in the Workplace||$40,000|
|Southwest Corner WDB||Southwest Corner/Trinity High School Teacher in the Workplace||$19,480|
|Three Rivers WDB||Educators Corporations Partnership for STEM Learning||$50,000|
|Three Rivers WDB||Consortium of Teacher in the Workplace||$50,000|
|Tri-County WDB||Tri-County Teacher in the Workplace Program||$50,000|
|Tri-County WDB||Educator Implementation of the Academic Standards for Career Education and Work in an Authentic Environment||$50,000|
|Tri-County WDB||Teacher in the Workplace – Armstrong and Indiana Counties||$49,960|
|West Central WDB||Teacher in the Workplace||$50,000|
|Westmoreland-Fayette WDB||Fayette Future Workforce||$50,000|
|Westmoreland-Fayette WDB||Workforce Forum Pathway Learning Community||$50,000|
The Teacher in the Workplace grants are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Federal dollars financed 96.8 percent or $2,027,381 of the TIW grants. LWDB’s provided matching funds for 3.2 percent or $330,452 for these projects. For more information and detailed summaries of the funded projects, visit L&I’s website.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.