Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Expand International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Apprenticeship Programs in Lawrence County

August 14, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for the development and construction of a new apprenticeship training center along Route 18 in Lawrence County, enabling the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 712 to expand their apprenticeship training capabilities and fulfill the union’s educational needs for years to come.

“One of the goals of my PAsmart initiative is to invest in apprenticeships, which offer rewarding careers for Pennsylvanians in a number of skilled trades,” Governor Wolf said. “This funding will help expand the IBEW’s apprenticeship program, providing opportunities for new labs and classrooms to train the next generation of electrical workers.”

Western Central PA Electrician Joint Apprenticeship was awarded $1 million for the construction of a state-of-the-art 20,000-square-foot electrical apprenticeship training center on a six-acre parcel in along Route 18 in Lawrence County. The construction of the training center consists of classrooms, a computer lab, break room, offices, locker rooms and specialized instruction spaces. The building design and systems will incorporate many environmentally friendly concepts, including geothermal HVAC systems and solar arrays. Upon the completion of the training center, the existing training center in Vanport Township will be razed and replaced with the new educational development center. The building will have a large multi-use instruction space used for educational courses and seminars, offices for administration, common spaces and restrooms.

“I supported this funding for the IBEW training center project here in Lawrence County because it means we will soon see many new opportunities for our residents to become skilled apprentices,” said Senator Elder Vogel. “Those apprentices will receive a world-class education right here at home, and that education will support family sustaining jobs as those expertly trained apprentices will be in high demand as we continue to develop western Pennsylvania.”

The new facility will enable IBEW Local 712 to expand its apprenticeship capabilities and strengthen its educational programming. The project is especially important for Lawrence County due to the project’s ability to address labor shortages of skilled electricians in the region.

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.

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