Pennsylvania Awards $150,000 to Chester County Workforce Development Board

Pennsylvania Awards $150,000 to Chester County Workforce Development Board, Helping Schools and Employers Prepare Students for In-Demand CareersPhoto Courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services
Investment to Help Schools and Employers Prepare Students for In-Demand Careers

HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today announced a grant of $150,000 awarded to the Chester County Workforce Development Board. This grant is part of more than $2.4 million that has been bestowed statewide to local workforce development boards (LWDBs) to help businesses and school districts work together to better prepare students for in-demand careers across Pennsylvania.

“These investments will give students the technical training they need to get good-paying jobs when they join the workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “Building business and education partnerships will help ensure our students have the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy, while simultaneously creating new generations of highly-skilled workers for Pennsylvania employers.”

The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) awarded $2.4 million for Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants to 19 LWDBs. The partnerships will connect schools, employers, and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring, all with the goal of preparing students for good local jobs.

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“Last year the commonwealth funded BEP grant activities to serve more than 20,000 individuals across the commonwealth,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “These strategic partnerships benefit employers by educating tomorrow’s workforce and helping them become more job-ready, while providing students with a solid first work experience to put them squarely on the path to success.”

The following 19 LWDBs received Business-Education Partnership grants:

  • Berks County Workforce Development Board $110,955
  • Bucks County Workforce Development Board $118,200
  • Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board $121,080
  • Chester County Workforce Development Board $150,000
  • Delaware County Workforce Development Board $100,000
  • Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board $158,915
  • Lancaster County Workforce Development Board $100,000
  • Luzerne-Schuylkill Workforce Development Board $100,000
  • North Central Workforce Development Board $191,498
  • Northern Tier Workforce Development Board $131,006
  • Northwest Workforce Development Board $120,000
  • Philadelphia Workforce Development Board $137,952
  • Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board $100,000
  • South Central Workforce Development Board $200,000
  • Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board $ 77,387
  • Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board $100,000
  • Three Rivers Workforce Development Board $161,958
  • Tri-County Workforce Development Board $100,000
  • West Central Workforce Development Board $150,000
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The Business-Education Partnership grants from L&I are funded at 100 percent through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. For more information about the Business-Education Partnership awards, visit the Department of Labor & Industry.

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Source: Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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