Governor Wolf: State Funding to Support New Manufacturing Training Options in Mifflin, Juniata Counties

July 19, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of funding for the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology to support its post-secondary training program for certified welding and metal fabrication. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.

“This grant will enable the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology to significantly expand manufacturing training and job opportunities for Mifflin and Juniata residents,” Governor Wolf said. “We are excited to support the manufacturing workforce as it evolves to meet the demands of the 21st century economy.”

The $200,000 grant will support the collaboration with local manufacturers to identify and teach the essential skills for entry-level applicants by providing local training opportunities for certified welding. The grant will support the retrofitting of an unused program space to create a stand-alone welding facility. This also includes the purchase of American Welding Society-recognized curricula, hiring of an instructor, and outreach efforts.

“All of us at The Academy are excited about what this funding means for our school and our community,” said Mike McMonigal, supervisor of adult and post-secondary education at Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology. “Not only will this allow us to put the final touches on our newly expanded adult welding program, but it will also provide for free welding training to out-of-school youth in our area. With so much focus in the media about the skills gap and the need for skilled employees, this grant offers a solution for both job seekers and employers.”

Local manufacturing companies involved in the project include: Overhead Door Corporation, Central PA Dock & Door, and Meeker Equipment Co, Inc.

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.

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