COATESVILLE, PA — The Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, espousing the importance of continuing education and life-long learning, announced two new scholarships to eligible students for 2020.
New this year is the Chamber’s Trades Scholarship, in addition to their Academic Scholarship. The Trade Scholarship is designed for a local high school student from one of the area’s vocational programs. The WCCCC Trades Scholarship will assist students attending a vocational-technical school and who will pursue a trade degree/certificate in an industry, including but not limited to construction, industrial, motor/power sector, mechanics, and technology.
Chamber Board President Alissa Griffith said, “The Chamber of Commerce strives to support workforce development by encouraging students to become trained in vocational arts and bring their skills back to our region with this annual scholarship. ”
The Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce engages with local businesses and education to highlight the widening skills gap in the trades. Consequently, the Chamber identified a need for a scholarship program specific to vocational students after hosting their 2019 What’s Working Workforce Solution event. The annual event brings together local educators and businesses to discover how they can partner to develop a workforce pipeline that benefits rising students and is customized to the workforce needs of employers.
“Our local economy benefits from the trades businesses owned and operated in Western Chester County. As students seek avenues for education other than the traditional four-year college degree, exploring the trades is becoming increasingly popular. With that said, mastering a trade is not without cost. Providing financial assistance to students opting to learn a trade not only benefits the student but also benefits industries so desperately in need of skilled tradespeople.” stated Chamber Scholarship Chair Gwen Smoker of Citadel.
“Vocational schools prepare students for the trades placing them on a fast track to a rewarding skilled profession,” said Greg Vietri, G.A. Vietri, Inc.
The Chamber declared it will continue to work on building pathways for area youth and encourages community members to share these scholarship opportunities with individuals who apply to the specifications.
Applications and details can be found at westernchestercounty.com/chamberscholarship/.
Source: Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce
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