New program will prepare students for in-demand Information Technology jobs
Mechanicsburg, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today visited the open house and kickoff event at Cumberland Valley High School for the first-ever curricular partnership program between NuPaths, cofounded by Harrisburg University, and the Cumberland Valley School District. Cipriani toured the new program’s classroom, spoke with students and teachers involved in the program, and highlighted Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative that is investing in science, technology, education and math (STEM) training and career and technical education in Pennsylvania.
“One of Governor Wolf’s top priorities is bolstering the STEM workforce in the commonwealth,” Cipriani said. “The partnership between Cumberland Valley School District and Harrisburg University is encouraging students to pursue in-demand, STEM-related occupations in information technology fields, and provides them with an opportunity to explore career options in those fields.”
The Cumberland Valley School District and NuPaths curricular partnership program focuses on the Technical and Security Assistant occupation. This partnership program will prepare high school students from Cumberland Valley for entry level careers in IT Support and Cyber Security and allows students the opportunity to earn up to six industry certifications while simultaneously earning high school elective credits and college credits.
“This innovative program prepares students for both immediate employment and post-secondary education,” said Superintendent Frederick S. Withum III. “At Cumberland Valley School District, we are striving to connect our educational programs and opportunities with post-secondary educational institutions and employers so that students can have a seamless transition into a career that provides family-sustaining wages and room for advancement.”
NuPaths offers a springboard for career success through short-term educational pathways. The program provides a series of courses to develop IT skills based on industry certifications and aligned with in-demand IT job roles. The duration of each program is three to six months with classroom and lab-based education, along with an internship and a capstone project to test skills that the students have learned.
“We are thrilled to partner with Cumberland Valley School District to provide students with a program focused on in-demand careers in information technology,” said Harrisburg University President Dr. Eric Darr. “NuPaths helps students develop skill sets that employers are searching for, especially when it relates to helpdesk, software testing and IT security operation center positions.”
“The Wolf Administration encourages partnerships such as this to serve the students of the commonwealth, because not everyone wants to go to a four-year college, but every worker needs real-world skills for in-demand, 21st century jobs,” Cipriani added. “It is our goal that by 2025, 60 percent of Pennsylvanians will have some form of postsecondary education and training. Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative is investing in both Pennsylvania’s workforce and its businesses, to improve access for students to education, training, and career readiness programs, and help them to obtain family sustaining employment.”
PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $30 million investment, is a new way of thinking about job training and workforce development by providing targeted funding for education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as computer science and job training, so students and workers get the skills needed for middle class jobs in expanding industries.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
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