Pre-apprentice Programs Serving Local Communities Receive State Grants

HARRISBURG – Three programs that help connect local students and adults with careers in the manufacturing industry were awarded state grants today, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

The University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center will receive a $77,000 grant to help recruit and train high school and career and technical school students for entry-level positions in southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturing firms.

The Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling and Machining Association was awarded $45,950 for its flagship Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ program to create a Registered Robotics Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

New Century Careers will receive a $40,000 award to provide training through the MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K) pre-apprenticeship machinist program.

“Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs serve as a gateway to a number of quality careers in STEM fields,” said Bartolotta, who serves as Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. “All three of these programs are geared toward helping community residents learn the skills they need to find good-paying jobs and be successful in the workforce.”

The grants were awarded by the Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships grant program as part of Pennsylvania’s PAsmart initiative. The initiative helps fund a number of projects designed to meet the educational and workforce development needs of students, workers, employers and communities across Pennsylvania. 


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