Pennsylvania: $2.8 Million Investment to Prepare Students for Jobs

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf announced today more than $2.8 million has been awarded in Schools-to-Work Program (STWP) grants to support new partnerships between schools, employers, organizations, or associations to create employment and training career paths for students.

“The Schools-to-Work program grants provide students with hands-on learning opportunities including apprenticeships, workplace visits and internships that will help build solid career paths to employment or secondary education,” said Governor Wolf.  “These funds will help ensure that Pennsylvania workers obtain the skills and industry-recognized credentials, or college credits needed to create a pipeline of highly-skilled, work -ready employees to meet current and future labor market needs.”

The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) competitively awarded the STWP grants in increments up to $250,000 to twelve eligible grantees that submitted proposals.  The program will create learning opportunities for participating students that will include classroom training, workplace visits, internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, employment opportunities, job shadowing or externships.

The 2021 Schools-to-Work programs will operate from June 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023.

The following organizations received STWP grant funds:

Catalyst Connection (Pittsburgh, Allegheny County) – $250,000

Catalyst Connection proposes doubling the size of its Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Pre-Apprenticeship program. 

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