Governor Wolf Tours Energy Innovation Center with Focus on Workforce Development Initiatives

September 04, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today toured the non-profit Energy Innovation Center (EIC) to learn more about the center’s job training programs and to discuss his PAsmart initiative to help connect workers with training and jobs in Pennsylvania.

“I am working to be sure all Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to train for a rewarding career, and the Energy Innovation Center is a great example of engaging business, academia, and community leaders in a shared goal of training workers at all levels for careers in the clean and sustainable energy markets,” Gov. Wolf said.

While at the EIC, Gov. Wolf toured the living laboratory for energy, building, construction, and commercial IoT-cybersecurity applications where students and researchers experience state-of-the-art energy technologies and learn related workforce development skills.

The EIC complex’s main building is a former vocational high school and it is a LEED Platinum Facility and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gov. Wolf introduced his PAsmart workforce development initiative this spring to help connect Pennsylvanians with resources for working and training in Pennsylvania. With a $30 million investment, PAsmart realigns the state’s workforce development programs to connect the workforce with employers who need skilled employees.

The program was designed after hearing recommendations from the Middle-Class Task Force – a group the governor convened to travel the state and hear directly from workers, businesses, and educators about the best strategies to grow opportunity and the middle class.

The Energy Innovation Center is a Pittsburgh based, not-for-profit organization with a mission to engage corporate and community leaders, align workforce development and education, develop and demonstrate technology, and incubate businesses to support emerging clean and sustainable energy markets.

The EIC’s environmental services lab training program was funded in part through a $400,000 Strategic Innovation Grant awarded in 2016 from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. The training program is offered through a collaboration with the EIC, Partner4Work, and UPMC.

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