Grant Supports Efforts to Boost Local Education, Career Training

HARRISBURG – A $100,000 grant awarded by the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) today will improve the ability of local schools and businesses to work together to better prepare students for different career paths, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

The grant to the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board – which serves Beaver, Greene and Washington counties – will support programs to connect schools, employers, and students to career-related experiences and opportunities locally. Some of the programs could include soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring.

“This grant is a win-win for both the business community and the education community because it ensures students leave school with the skills they need to be successful in the workforce,” said Bartolotta, who chairs the Labor and Industry Committee in the Senate. “I am thankful that this grant will not only support a better-trained workforce, but also will help students train for jobs in their own communities so they do not have to leave the area to find a great job.”

The funding was provided through the Business-Education Partnerships grant program, which is administered by L&I and funded by the federal government. The grant to the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board was one of 19 grants totaling $2.4 million that were awarded statewide in the current round of funding.

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