Governor Tom Wolf today announced more than $2.5 million in School-to-Work grants to 12 Pennsylvania programs designed to prepare students for the job market through classroom training, Workplace Visits, Internships, Apprenticeships, Mentorships, Employment Opportunities, Job Shadowing, Internships and Suite.
“School-to-Work grants provide students with real-world learning opportunities, including apprenticeships and internships that will help build strong career paths to employment or secondary education,” said Governor Wolf. “The funds will help workers in Pennsylvania gain the skills and industry-recognized credentials or college credits needed to create a pool of highly skilled employees to meet current and future labor market needs.”
Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier said the Commonwealth’s economic future depends on developing and maintaining a well-educated and highly skilled workforce.
“By investing in programs such as Schools-to-Work, this administration continues to be creative in how we support the Commonwealth economy through the development and retention of skilled workers – with the ultimate goal of providing financial security and a better quality of life for the citizens of Pennsylvania,” said Berrier. “These grant recipients are building bridges between high school and learning in their industries, with a strong emphasis on equity and the removal of barriers to obtaining these jobs.”
Funding will support partnerships between schools, employers, organizations and associations to create employment pathways for students and reduce barriers to family-supporting jobs.
These opportunities are funded by the Re-Employment Fund, which helps individuals find employment or improve their employment. The re-employment fund is financed by part of the employee tax paid under the Unemployment Compensation (UC) Act.
School-to-Work 2022 programs will begin July 1, 2022 and run through December 31, 2024. Details on funded programs follow.
Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling and Machining Foundation | $249,562
ALLEGHENY, BEAVER, BEDFORD, BUTLER, CAMBRIA, CLARION, FAYETTE, GREENE, INDIANA, JEFFERSON, SOMERSET, WASHINGTON, WESTMORELAND COUNTIES
For 17 years, the Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling & Machining Foundation and BotsIQ have provided hands-on STEM learning experiences through business and educational partnerships that build the current and future workforce the manufacturing industry needs. This project will leverage these relationships and provide BotsIQ with the opportunity to launch and expand its robotics technician pre-apprenticeship program with regional high schools.
The Manufacturers Association | $213,736
ADAMS, CHESTER, CUMBERLAND, DOLPHIN, FRANKLIN, LANCASTER, LEBANON, PERRY, YORK COUNTIES
With more than 2,500 manufacturers operating in south-central Pennsylvania, the region has an ongoing need for skilled workers in the industry. The Manufacturer’s Association’s current school-to-work project has helped more than 80 students enter a talent pool, and several technical schools have expressed interest in offering pre-apprenticeship certification through the association. This funding will be used to expand the program to other counties, purchase equipment and update the program.
NuPaths LLC. | $249,968
CUMBERLAND, DOLPHIN COUNTIES
This project will provide career exploration and entry into vocational training for 72 sophomores and juniors at seven high schools in south-central Pennsylvania. During the 2022-23 school year, students will participate in an online after-school program to earn industry certification and college credit. Some of the students who complete the after-school program will enroll in a NuPaths pre-learning program as juniors and seniors in the 2023-2024 school year.
Bucks County Community College | $250,000
The Center for Workforce Development (CWD) at Bucks County Community College will deliver CWD’s pre-apprenticeship manufacturing training programs to high school students throughout Bucks County. Registered metallurgical and industrial maintenance pre-apprentice training programs are sponsored by the JEVS Tri-State Apprenticeship Program (JTAP). The grant will fund four cohorts of eight students and create a stronger pathway for youth into apprenticeship programs and provide a pool of skilled workers for regional manufacturers.
The Academies of Philadelphia | $250,000
Philadelphia Academies is converting an existing Bridge-to-Work program launched years ago at Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical High School in Philadelphia into a registered pre-apprenticeship for students interested in a path to careers in the trades construction. The program will serve students in grades 9-12 to prepare them for recorded apprenticeships in plumbing, carpentry, electrical and welding.
Urban Affairs Coalition/YOACAP | $250,000
YOACAP will expand its existing Project Build pre-apprenticeship program with four additional secondary schools and serve 30 additional students in grades 9-12. YOACAP will work with the Philadelphia School District’s Jules E. Mastbaum Career and Technical Education High School and up to three other Mastery Charter School sites to provide students with technical and soft skills, an understanding of construction trades, and credentials. industry-recognized skills that will prepare them for a career in the building trades.
Bucks County | $250,000
A NuPaths, LLC Certified Instructor will deliver classes in an online format, beginning in September 2022 and September 2023 for approximately 40 high school and senior students. The program will focus on earning industry-recognized qualifications, five IT certifications, and up to eight college credits with transition pathways to a registered apprenticeship program, a post-secondary program, or a job. Upon completion, graduates will be eligible for Registered Generalist Learning in Information Technology, sponsored by JEVS Human Services in Philadelphia, PA.
Philadelphia Community College | $250,000
The Welding Pathway Program (WPP) will build on the college’s existing partnership with the Pennsylvania Pipeline Project: Philadelphia Region Workforce Pilot (Pipeline Project) and partner employers to provide an experiential program for high school students. This training will include a work-based learning ladder, beginning with career awareness and exploration through career preparation and training with the goal of preparing students for employment opportunities available with Project Pipeline employers.
Franklin County Career and Technology Center | $200,000
ADAMS, FRANKLIN, FULTON COUNTIES
This project will support the creation of an intergenerational training program, for high school students and adults of Precision Machining and CNC Operations in Franklin County. Selected students in Franklin, Adams, and Fulton counties will be trained in the only CIP Code 48.0501 Machine Tool Technology/Machinist curriculum still in existence in this three-county area, completing the program with credentials qualifying them for high pay . , high-demand careers in advanced manufacturing.
Sigma Resources (parent company of Simcoach Games) | $250,000
ALLEGHENY, BEAVER, BUTLER, WASHINGTON, WESTMORELAND COUNTIES
This project will train 120 pre-apprentices in game design, development and production as a precursor to a registered apprenticeship program, shaping pre-apprentice decisions to pursue the skills needed for STEAM careers.
Pittsburgh Chapter, German-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. | $249,978
ALLEGHENY, BEAVER, BUTLER, CRAWFORD, ERIE, VENANGO, WASHINGTON, WESTMORELAND COUNTIES
The German-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. will expand its dual pre-apprenticeship program of 75 pre-apprentices, where students will split their time between traditional classroom instruction, related technical instruction, and on-the-job training. job for STEM careers.
Allegheny County Community College | $188,310
The Community College of Allegheny County Schools-to-Work Scholarship Program will enable 75 high school students to earn industry credentials in manufacturing, preparing students for work and co-op experience while continuing their secondary and post-secondary education.