Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&) today announced a new apprenticeship program for manufacturing careers has been approved in Lewistown, underscoring the Wolf Administration’s commitment to expanding apprenticeships, increasing the skilled workforce and attracting more businesses to Pennsylvania.
The apprenticeship for Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters is sponsored by The Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology, in partnership with Meeker Equipment Company in Belleville for its on-the-job training.
Meeker Equipment produces asphalt plant equipment and Infernotherm products. The Academy will provide related training and instruction to support the apprenticeship program.
“Apprenticeship programs are ideal for students or individuals who need retraining to learn the skills needed to succeed in today’s jobs, because they offer a way to earn a paycheck while learning those new skills,” said L&I Secretary Oleksiak. “Governor Wolf is making job training a priority for his administration, and apprenticeships are a key component of that initiative.”
Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative is a new and innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and business to expand innovative job training in apprenticeships and other programs so workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy.
After completing the 6,000-hour program with the Mifflin County Academy, apprentices receive increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.
"All of us at The Academy are excited to be a part of the PA Smart Initiative and to be able to bring additional workforce training opportunities to our region," said Mike McMonigal, Supervisor of Adult and Post-Secondary Education for Mifflin County Academy.
The Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology provides career and technical training for 400 Mifflin County, East Juniata and Juniata high school students, as well as approximately 250 adult learners. The students can earn a certificate from The Academy and may be eligible for articulated college credits at several post-secondary institutions in Pennsylvania. The school is celebrating its 50th anniversary today.
"Pennsylvania’s businesses are growing and need skilled workers, and workers want the education and training necessary for jobs in today’s economy,” said Oleksiak. “Governor Wolf appreciates the pivotal role CTCs have in developing new generations of skilled workers across the commonwealth. That’s one of the reasons why he created PAsmart – to strategically invest in the education, career readiness and apprenticeship programs that will help Pennsylvania workers and businesses flourish in the 21st century economy.”
“Congratulations to the Academy on their anniversary,” Oleksiak added. “I love seeing the quality programs and exceptional students at Pennsylvania’s career and technical centers, and the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology has excelled in its educational programs for 50 years.”
The Wolf Administration established the Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide. The ATO has registered 129 new sponsors and 180 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,674 statewide.
Apprenticeship programs provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly-skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
Visit ATO for more information about apprenticeship programs and the Apprenticeship and Training Office.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Penny Ickes or Lindsay Bracale, L&I, 717-787-7530
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