$4.8 Million in Grants to Strengthen Workforce Development in PA

Melissa Frost

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Today, December 17, Governor Tom Wolf announced $4.8 million will be given to PAsmart Industry Partnership Grants. This will be distributed among 26 recipients, all of them with innovative plans to meet workforce needs in Pennsylvania.

On the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's website, Wolf states:

Industry Partnership Grants are an investment in the future of Pennsylvania, and I am proud of this administration’s work to encourage innovation that meets the needs of Pennsylvania employers and workers. - Governor Tom Wolf

Under the PAsmart initiative, the Wolf administration has since 2018 distributed nearly $60 million to expand job training through registered apprenticeships and industry partnerships and to support STEM and computer science education in schools throughout the state.

Address shortages

Many workforce development programs to meet local employer needs have been created, which include the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center, launched two years ago. This public-private partnership helps to identify and address barriers to work, the skills gaps, and shortages when it comes to workers in PA.

Among those that will receive grant funds, is AgConnect. The company, working on helping farmers and agricultural businesses in Southeastern PA will use its grant funding, $160,000, to expand its employer base to engage a broader and more diverse representation of the industry in the region. Their training plan for industry employees includes training for 186 spots.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Manufacturing Alliance, receiving $200,000, will use its grant funding for recruitment, training, developing a pipeline of diverse workers, and workshops for business growth activities.

To view the full list of the grant winners and the amounts they were awarded, check out PAsmart Industry Partnership Grants.

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