HARRISBURG – Two state grants will help prepare local students for high-priority careers in the region, according to state Senator Pat Stefano (R-32).
The grants were awarded as part of the Business Education Partnerships program, which helps provide learning opportunities like internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring experiences. These educational opportunities help students learn about the technical skills that are in demand in today’s workforce.
The Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board will receive a $70,373 grant to develop educational programs focused on activities that will increase work readiness skills and awareness of high-priority careers in the region.
The Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Development Board will receive a $109,268 grant to support the development of a Work and Learn Model Continuum that prepares high school students for career and post-secondary education through work-based learning opportunities. The program will serve 700 K-12 students in Westmoreland and Fayette counties.
“Both of these projects will help today’s students take advantage of valuable work opportunities here in local communities,” Stefano said. “I am pleased that these grants will help build a stronger connection between students and local employers so young people can transition to careers in high-demand industries after they graduate. The number one issue I hear from job creators is the lack of qualified applicants for certain positions. This type of program works hand in hand with employers and our schools to address this growing workforce problem. ”
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