Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Increase Welding Training Opportunities in Bedford and Somerset Counties

April 17, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced the approval of new funding through the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career program to assist the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center (GJCTC) in the creation of two new welding training programs in the region.

“With these Manufacturing PA grants, GJCTC will have even greater capacity to strengthen the region’s workforce,” Governor Wolf said. “By providing funding to help individuals get the welding skills that are in such high demand in the area, we and GJCTC are helping businesses fill open positions while helping people get the skills they need to land good-paying, secure manufacturing jobs. It’s truly a win-win for the greater Johnstown area, and a great example of how the state and our educational institutions can work together for the greater good.”

The programs were created as the result of collaboration with regional manufacturers in the private sector who determined that the supply of welders in the area was not meeting the high demand in the region.

The grant will provide a total of $300,000 in funding to GJCTC for the creation of two separate welding training programs, both called “Learn Where You Earn.” The first program will be offered in Bedford County and provide a 720-hour welding training to adults at a GJCTC satellite campus within the facilities of Mission Critical. The Bedford program is expected to provide 25 job seekers with high-level welding certifications. The second program will be offered in Somerset County and will provide a 200-hour metal inert gas (MIG) welding training at a satellite campus within J&J Truck Bodies. The Somerset program is expected to provide 40 job seekers with MIG welding credentials.

“GJCTC is excited to be a part of this important initiative for our region,” said Tricia Rummel, supervisor of adult education at GJCTC. “These training programs will not only benefit individuals seeking to improve their skills and find employment, but it will also benefit local businesses and the community as a whole.”

The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to help companies identify and train a skilled workforce while creating a workplace culture that allows the workforce to advance and the company to grow and compete in a rapidly-evolving economy. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, school districts, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more companies.

The Training-to-Career grant is one of three components of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, along with Industrial Resource Centers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program, 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.

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