Governor Wolf Announces Grant Approval to Robert Morris University through Manufacturing PA Initiative to Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Workforce

April 10, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of a Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant to Robert Morris University (RMU) in Allegheny County designed to provide those seeking jobs, in particular veterans, in the manufacturing sector with the skills they need to gain employment in a competitive global economy. The grant is part of Governor Wolf’s new Manufacturing PA initiative.

“Not only is manufacturing the third-largest industry in Pennsylvania, employing over 550,000 workers with an average salary of nearly $60,000, but it presents a unique set of challenges as the sector evolves at an unprecedented rate,” Governor Wolf said. “That’s why programs such as the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant are so vital to ensure we’re helping to equip individuals with the training and certifications they need to put them on a successful manufacturing career path. We’re proud to support RMU and its program that will have an enormous positive impact on so many people’s lives in Allegheny County – and those of veterans in particular.”

The grant will provide $87,000 in funding to RMU’s “Empowering Pennsylvania’s Workforce for Employment in Manufacturing” program. This free, 42-hour training program will be conducted in both the spring and fall during weekends and over the summer during weekdays. With a targeted focus that includes not only military members but also military family members, this flexible program provides micro-credentials adhering to Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) standards. All unemployed participants are assisted in job placement.

Partnering manufacturers for RMU’s program include General Electric CATA, Almatis, and Schroeder Industries. Coursework includes digital design, automation, embedded systems, and integrated engineering. Through this program, it is expected that 40 trainees will graduate with credentials and a transferrable college credit to help them secure a manufacturing position.

“Robert Morris University is truly honored to receive this grant,” said Maria Kalevitch, dean of the RMU School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. “As the only institution in Pennsylvania with an ABET-accredited degree in manufacturing engineering, we are strong supporters of the state’s workforce development initiatives and we look forward to playing an important role in boosting the economic vitality of the Pittsburgh region.”

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 a 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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