Mechanicsburg, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today visited the Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School (AVTS) and highlighted Governor Tom Wolf's plan expand job training and education through his proposed Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP).
"Promoting career and technical education programs like these at Cumberland Perry AVTS ensures that we have a job-ready workforce to meet local employers' needs," said Oleksiak. "Ensuring that Pennsylvania businesses have access to a world class workforce is a priority of Governor Wolf's, which is why his SWEAP proposal increases investments in STEM education and job training programs to prepare students for emerging fields and careers."
Secretary Oleksiak toured some of the school's job training programs, including the Automation, Robotics and Electronics, Precision Machine Technology, Nursing, Automotive Technology and Welding program labs.
During the tour, Oleksiak spoke with teachers and students about Governor Wolf's SWEAP budget proposal that provides opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP builds on PAsmart launched last year. PAsmart encourages school, business and community partnerships to prepare people for the jobs of today and the future. Through PAsmart grants, the Wolf administration provided nearly $30 million to bolster STEM and computer science in schools and expand apprenticeships and job training.
This year, the governor is proposing an additional $10 million for PAsmart to bolster career and technical education for adults as well as job training programs at companies to enhance the skills of Pennsylvania workers.
The governor also recently created the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. The partnership between state government and private sector leaders will help to address the skills gap and worker shortages.
"Cumberland Perry AVTS is the best deal in public education," said Cumberland Perry AVTS Principal Lesli Shuman. "Our students are able to get a free, relevant, technical education which includes in-demand skills, industry certifications, and college/apprenticeship credits. Our students leave prepared for college or career. We are the real-time answer to the nationwide labor skills gap."
Cumberland Perry AVTS is a public school serving the Big Spring, Camp Hill, Cumberland Valley, East Pennsboro, Greenwood, Mechanicsburg, Newport, Northern York, South Middleton, Susquenita, Upper Adams, West Perry, and West Shore school districts. The school provides 21 different programs that integrate state-of-the-art tools and equipment into a career and technical curriculum that focuses on in demand careers.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Theresa Elliott or Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or firstname.lastname@example.org
# # #