Grants to Boost Job Training Initiatives in PA

Some of the most technologically diverse and scientifically sophisticated businesses and organizations in the world call Pennsylvania home.

Some of the most technologically diverse and scientifically sophisticated businesses and organizations in the world call Pennsylvania home. Governor Tom Wolf says that's why it's essential for students to understand the concepts and have skills that these companies need.

Helping them get those skills is why Wolf announced $1.5 million in PAsmart Apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants for southwestern Pennsylvania at a news conference in Fayette County. The grant money is split: $700,000 for apprenticeships and nearly $800,000 for Next Generation Industry Partnerships. These grants will support job training in construction, engineering and advanced manufacturing in the southwest region.

"These PAsmart grants allow more people to get on-the-job training for good jobs in southwest Pennsylvania." Gov. Wolf said.

The PAsmart initiative grants put a heavy focus on preparing students for STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering, and math). "Our world is constantly changing with new businesses, new industries, and new technology. To keep up, we need a workforce development system that is just as innovative and flexible to prepare people for those emerging fields and careers," said Gov. Wolf.

The announcement continues the governor's mission to create opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement, something Wolf emphasized in his budget address earlier this week.

The following are the PAsmart apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants awarded in southwest Pennsylvania. To view full details, visit Southwest PAsmart Grants.

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