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05/06/2019

L&I Tours West Side Career & Technology Center, Highlights Governor’s Proposal to Boost STEM and Job Training Programs

Kingston, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today toured the West Side Career & Technology Center and highlighted Governor Tom Wolf's ongoing commitment to expanding job training opportunities and career and technical education for students and adults through the proposed Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP).

"Pennsylvania's employers need a well-educated and highly-trained workforce," said Cipriani. "Career and technology schools, like West Side Career & Technology Center, are providing students and adult learners with the hands-on job training and STEM education they need to be successful, and employers are getting the skilled workers needed for growth in the 21st century economy."  

Cipriani toured some of West Side Career & Technology Center's programs including the cosmetology, law enforcement/police science and multimedia technology labs.   

Cipriani said Governor Wolf's SWEAP plan builds on last year's successful launch of PAsmart to create a more qualified and highly-skilled workforce. The proposed PAsmart funding includes: 

  • $20 million to expand computer science and STEM education;
  • $7 million to expand apprenticeships;
  • $3 million to expand job training through Next Generation Industry Partnerships;
  • $6 million to expand adult career and technical education programs;
  • $4 million to expand Manufacturing to Career Training Grants. 

Other SWEAP components would enable more children to attend high-quality child care; ensure kids are in school age 6 and stay until age 18; modernize the minimum teacher salary to help address a teacher shortage; expand opportunities for teachers to visit local employers and bring the experience back to the classroom, and increase job training for low-income parents. 

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 to work, skills gaps, and worker shortages in Pennsylvania.  

West Side Career & Technology Center offers a comprehensive high school education that combines Pennsylvania Department of Education mandated academic curriculum with state-of-the-art technological training for students in grades 9 through 12. The programs allow students the option of continuing with postsecondary education or entering the work force directly after graduation. Students have the opportunity to jump start careers and save money by acquiring Industry-Standard credentials and certifications that can lead to high skill, high wage jobs. 

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lindsay Bracale or Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or dlipress@pa.gov                                                                        

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