Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Expand Manufacturing Training in Lancaster County

June 13, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to support the Manufacturing Skill Up Project, which will eliminate barriers to employment and create a stronger pipeline of workers for high priority manufacturing occupations in the Lancaster area.

“We are glad to support Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and their new and expanded workforce training programs,” Governor Wolf said. “Training programs like this are vital tools for empowering workers and communities. Thaddeus Stevens College is a key contributor of workforce development in the Lancaster region and we are grateful for the work they have done to strengthen the local workforce and put Pennsylvanians on good-paying career paths.”

Funded through Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, the $195,000 grant will support the development and implementation of new short-term work ready manufacturing training courses based on the needs of manufacturers and pharmaceutical and food processors in the area. The college will open new sessions of current courses on metal casting, welding, and facilities maintenance technology. They will also create new training programs related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technology; computer numeric controlled machining; machinery maintenance and repair; and general maintenance and repair. The college is expecting to train 100 adults within two years.

“This grant will greatly increase access to workforce training and upskill programming through Thaddeus Stevens College,” said Dr. William Griscom, president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. “As a result of Governor Wolf’s efforts and support, we will be able to expand our existing short-term workforce development programs. This will have a positive impact on the lives of many deserving individuals and families and will advance efforts to close the job skills gap for Pennsylvania manufacturers.”

Local manufacturing companies involved in the project include: Astro Machine Works, BAE Systems, CNH Industrial, Dart Container, GEA North America, Haller Enterprises, High Steel, J Walter Miller Co., Tyson Foods, Tait Towers, Lancaster General Hospital, GSM Industrial, JK Mechanical, Clark Associates/Food Service Equipment, Haas Factory Outlet/Phillips Corp., US Boiler, and Weaver Industries.

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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