New Funding for Workforce Training in Southwestern PA Will Prepare Students for In-Demand Manufacturing Careers
Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Western Area Career & Technology Center (WACTC) in Washington County was approved for $112,262 in funding through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Training-to-Career program, a program that helps companies identify and train a skilled workforce through targeted programs and services.
“Our manufacturing industry has established itself as a major player contributing to Pennsylvania’s economy and is in need of qualified applicants to support its continued growth,” said Gov. Wolf. “Training-to-Career funding will back Western Area CTC’s commitment to providing an all-encompassing education to its students, preparing them to begin and grow in stable careers, and supporting local manufacturers with an available and skilled talent pool.”
The funding will allow WACTC to expand its Machine Shop instruction by teaching part of the in-demand curriculum, specifically computer numerical control (CNC) operation, to the center’s high school carpentry students and CareerLink intergenerational adult trainees. This expanded instruction will allow WACTC instructors to focus on specialized skills that are in demand locally and statewide.
A new CNC machine will be shared with machining students working with metal and carpentry students working with wood.