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4/17/2014

Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley Visits Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown to Discuss Governor Corbett’s Jobs for All

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley Visits Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown to Discuss Governor Corbett’s Jobs for All

Harrisburg – Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley visited the Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown today to discuss Governor Tom Corbett’s Jobs for All initiative. Lt. Governor Cawley also toured the school and participated in a demonstration of its new 3D printer.

Jobs for All, part of Gov. Corbett’s JOBS1stPA initiatives, is an on-the-job-training reimbursement program that serves as a direct financial incentive to promote the hiring of young people with disabilities.

“Governor Corbett and I understand the important role that young people with disabilities play within Pennsylvania’s workforce and continue to look for ways to better provide them with the tools they need to succeed,” Cawley said.  “With this program, we remain committed to providing them with opportunities to find family-sustaining jobs as well as preparing them with the skills that employers currently demand.”

The first phase of Jobs for All 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 OVR to serve more people with disabilities seeking employment.

“The workforce participation rate for people with disabilities is only about 18 percent compared to 68 percent for all individuals,” said OVR executive director Steve Suroviec. “Helping this group is consistent with the governor’s priority of helping people with disabilities find work, ensuring more independence.”

The Hiram G. Andrews Center offers quality individualized post-secondary education, which provides career opportunities and independent life skills. HGAC maintains a comprehensive program of services featuring the integration of education on campus at the Commonwealth Technical Institute (CTI), a postsecondary school that offers six associate degree programs and nine diploma programs, as well as counseling, evaluation and physical restoration in a barrier-free environment. HGAC has been serving the students of Pennsylvania since 1959 on its 45-acre campus in suburban Johnstown.

Media contacts:
Christopher Brennan, Lieutenant Governor’s Office, 717-787-3300

Sara Goulet, Labor & Industry, 717-979-7462​

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