Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for the Warren County Career Center through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC) to introduce high school students in the Warren County School District to the manufacturing industry as an alternative to the traditional course of higher education.
“Pursuing a career in manufacturing is the right choice for many students; they just need to have the opportunity to see what the field is,” Governor Wolf said. “Pennsylvania offers many opportunities for lucrative manufacturing jobs and giving students the opportunity to learn more about this career path is essential for it to remain a key industry within the Commonwealth.”
The Warren County Career Center plans to use its $117,000 MTTC funding to attract students to manufacturing by providing an alternative path for high school students who may not realize there are options outside attending a college or university. To accomplish this, a part-time position at the center will be filled, new equipment as well as materials and tools will be purchased, promotional and marketing materials will be created, and 20 Haas certifications will be purchased.
“The Warren County Career Center and the Warren County School District are very excited about this opportunity,” said James Evers, director of the Warren County Career Center. “We believe this will benefit both our students and our community. Students will be exposed to industrial career opportunities beyond the technical field alone. This will open the door to crafting for other students who may never have considered it an option. We believe this has the potential to change the way vocational and technical education is delivered in our district. “
Warren County Career Center, located in the Warren County School District’s Central Attendance Area, is an area vocational and technical school serving district students only. The Career Center provides training in a number of career fields to students in grades 10 through 12.
Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017 and has since funded 82 projects and invested more than $17.3 million through the MTTC program.
Career Training Grants support projects that result in short-term job readiness, job placement, or manufacturing advancement. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program works with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing critical skills to entry-level candidates seeking employment in manufacturing, engaging youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and/or advancing the capacity of local or regional manufacturers.
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