Grant Funding for Digital Literacy & Job Training: Bridging the Internet Divide in Pennsylvania Communities

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PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) has recently made an announcement about the availability of around $900,000 in funds that will support digital literacy and job training programs. These programs aim to support the Pennsylvania communities that lack access to broadband infrastructure and high-speed internet.

Acting L&I Secretary, Nancy Walker, emphasized the importance of digital literacy for workers in the current job market, saying, “As job requirements continue to evolve, the need for digital literacy has increased. It is our obligation to ensure that Pennsylvania’s workers are well-equipped with the skills necessary for success.”

Through this grant program, not only are critical barriers to employment being addressed, but workers are also being empowered to maintain family-sustaining jobs.

This grant program, federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), is designed to help implement programs and strategies that meet the needs of employers and workers across Pennsylvania, increasing learning opportunities within communities lacking adequate broadband infrastructure and high-speed internet.

Specifically, DLWDG programs help improve career development skills needed to effectively navigate platforms used in the job search process and the workplace, including digital fundamentals, digital citizenship, and understanding digital information.

Eligible applicants include programs previously awarded DLWDG Round 2 grants. Round 4 applicants can be awarded up to $45,000 through July 2024. The deadline to apply is June 9, 2023.

For more information about DLWDGs and other L&I grant opportunities, please visit L&I’s website.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, please visit the website.

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