for Immediate Release
Corbett Visits Reading Area Community College’s Schmidt Training and Technology
Center to Address Job Creation Priorities, Workforce Development
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today
visited Reading Area Community College (RACC) to further his administration’s
workforce development and job training efforts with local employers. The visit
included a student-led tour of RACC’s Schmidt Training and Technology Center
pneumatics lab and a panel discussion on workforce development featuring local
employers, educators and government officials.
JOBS1stPA, we are supporting critical workforce development programs that help
Pennsylvania workers secure family-sustaining jobs, and help employers find the
highly-skilled workers to keep our economy growing,” Corbett said.
Schmidt Training and Technology Center provides customized training programs
that adjust to the changing needs of employers. Types of students that are
trained include those from traditional post-secondary schools, students
choosing new careers, and local manufacturing employees using RACC to fulfill
employer training requirements.
training programs such as those offered at RACC and the Schmidt Training and
Technology Center, students are trained for the jobs that are in-need and
available today.” Corbett said.
governor’s proposed 2014-2015 budget focuses on a Talented Workers
program to align education and workforce development with current job
opportunities. Investments include:
First and WEDnetPA –Total funding for PA First is
$42.5 million in 2014-15. WEDnetPA has supported training of more than
175,000 employees since PA First was created.
- Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP)
and Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIB) – $4 million in re-employment funds available to PREP
regions and LWIBs to increase coordination between economic development
and workforce development at a regional level.
Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA TIP) - To close the skills
gap, the PA TIP provides financial aid grants to meet workforce needs. This budget increases
this investment from $5 million to $6 million. To date, grants have been
awarded to more than 1,200 students.
for All – The budget creates
on-the-job-training reimbursement program, as a direct financial incentive
to promote the hiring of young people with disabilities. The first phase
of this initiative will help employers successfully hire up to 1,000 young
people with disabilities. Also, $1 million in new state funds will allow
for the drawdown of an additional $3.8 million in available federal funds,
allowing the Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational
Rehabilitation to serve more people with disabilities seeking employment.
– JOBS1st PA will continue to connect job seekers
and employers through JobGatewaySM, a free, user-friendly job
matching website that helps Pennsylvanians looking for work find
opportunities from tens of thousands of real-time job postings, find training for
positions they have interest in and find out what industries are hiring in
proposed 2014-15 budget also provides a total of $1.62 billion for
Pennsylvania’s students and higher education institutions, including $212.2
million in operational funding and $47.9 million in capital funding for
Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges.
this budget, Corbett also launched the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program,
which will provide an additional $25 million for middle income students who
want to earn a two- or four-year degree. The Ready to Succeed scholarship would
provide up to $2,000 to eligible students whose families earn up to $110,000.
The scholarship program would be administered by the Pennsylvania Higher
Education Assistance Agency and would be in addition to the $345 million
included in the budget for state grants funding for students.
the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program, more students will be able to
graduate career-ready from institutions like RACC and will be well-equipped to
enter Pennsylvania’s vibrant workforce.” Corbett said.
& Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway has also met with community colleges
throughout the commonwealth, including the Community College of Allegheny County, Reading Area Community
College and Philadelphia Community College to discuss opportunities for
workforce development and highlight Pennsylvania’s job-matching site,
Corbett administration has been working with community colleges across
Pennsylvania to help them form partnerships that create solid and sustainable
connections with the business community,” Hearthway said. “One of the technical
tools being utilized in that effort is JobGateway, a
website created to better connect people looking for work and local employers.
Institutions like RACC’s Schmidt Training and Technology Center address this
issue by training students to fill positions that employers demand and help
students achieve great careers.”
today’s event, RACC President Dr. Anna Weitz and Bloomsburg President Dr. David
Soltz signed a “Dual Admission Agreement,” which will create specialized
programs to allow students to begin their education at RACC and graduate with a
bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg.
“In my Postsecondary
Advisory Report, I have supported Dual Admission Agreements that allow students
to transfer across the higher education system,” said Corbett. “As an example,
this great partnership between RACC and Bloomsburg will help graduates enter
the workforce with the skills they need to secure family-sustaining jobs right
here in Pennsylvania.”
addition to Gov. Corbett, participants of the panel discussion included
Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway, Dr. Anna Weitz,
President, Reading Area Community College; Robert Harrop, East Penn
Manufacturing; David Niemkiewicz , Bayer HealthCare, LLC; Bonnie Spayd, Reading
Area Community College; Guido Pichini, Security Guards, Inc., David Patti,
Pennsylvania Business Council, and Dr. David Soltz, President of Bloomsburg
University of Pennsylvania.
Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-425-1044
Goulet, Labor and Industry; 717-787-5279
Eller, Education; 717-783-9802