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L&I Highlights SWEAP Proposal to Expand Education and Job Training Opportunities for Southwestern Pennsylvania Residents

Johnstown, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today highlighted Governor Tom Wolf's ongoing commitment to expanding job training opportunities and career and technical education for students and adult learners in southwestern Pennsylvania through the proposed Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP).

"Visiting places like Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center allows us to see first-hand how important career and technical education is for these students and adults, and their future careers," said Cipriani. "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 workers for emerging fields and careers." 

Cipriani toured some of the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center's (GJCTC) job training programs, including practical nursing, welding, machine tool technology, and automotive technology labs. She spoke with teachers, students and adult learners 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 identify and address the barriers, skills gaps, and worker shortages that exist across the commonwealth.  

"The Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center appreciates the support from L&I and the Department of Education," said GJCTC's Administrative Director John Augustine, II. "GJCTC's mission is to ensure student success and we meet this mission by providing the most current curriculum, technology, and equipment to our students.  All of our programs provide an opportunity for students to earn national skills certifications." 

GJCTC works with high school students from seven participating area school districts to develop a career path and ensure that each one leaves armed with the knowledge and resources for success. Additionally, the school offers a variety of fee-based general and career-specific adult programs including short-term programs in a variety of fields, and a Career in a Year™ program, educating adults so they can seek employment in their desired industry.  

For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.  

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