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Governor Wolf: New State Funding Will Take Learning from the Classroom to the Workplace in the Johnstown Area

January 10, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center (GJCTC) was approved for $200,000 in funding to continue supporting Phase two of its innovative workforce teaching model, Learn Where You Will Earn, which helps students supplement classroom learning with skills obtained in a business setting.

“My administration is thrilled to support the continued success of GJCTC’s efforts to bring career opportunities to students through innovative programs that allow them to obtain knowledge and skills both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Gov. Wolf. “This training offers a pathway to the required certification for employment and potential job placement for graduates and will help fill critical job openings in the skilled trades.”

Funded by the Wolf Administration, GJCTC started the program in July 2018 at its satellite campus located in Mission Critical Solutions (MCS), a local business that hires welders. Since then, three 720-hour program classes have been hosted for cohorts consisting of eight students each. Phase one saw 20 students receive their American Welding Society (AWS) certifications and 16 students offered employment in the welding field.

Phase two will allow for GJCTC to host three more class sessions throughout December 2021. The new funding will support equipment costs for a 15-ton strap bender with pneumatic pump for use as a teaching tool and to provide financial assistance to students and recruitment efforts.

“GJCTC is excited to be included in this important initiative for our region for a second time. Phase two of Learn Where You Will Earn will allow the school to maintain a presence in Bedford County and continue to build on the successes of the past two years,” said GJCTC Supervisor of Adult Education Tricia Rummel. “The continued funding will allow GJCTC to offer training programs that will not only benefit individuals seeking to improve their skills and find employment, but the local businesses and community as a whole will also benefit.”

The funding supports Governor Wolf’s commitment to enhancing the growth and competitiveness of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry by identifying and training a skilled workforce.

Additionally, last year the Wolf Administration awarded $200,000 in Manufacturing PA Training to Career funding for the AMPED Business Education Partnership with JWF Industries and MCS. Students in the program learn advanced manufacturing processes including, CNC g-code programming, robotic welding programming, and the latest technology advancement in coordinate measuring machine instruction, and can earn a NIMS CNC Operator certification and an American Welding Society certification in MIG process, which are both nationally recognized.

Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017, and since then has funded 35 projects and invested more than $9 million through the Training-to-Career program. Training-to-Career grants support projects that result in short-term work-readiness, job placement, or the advancement of manufacturing. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career program works collaboratively with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing essential skills for entry level applicants seeking manufacturing employment, engage youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and advance capacity for local or regional manufacturers.

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

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