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04/29/2019

L&I Tours Career Institute of Technology, Highlights SWEAP Plan to Create a More Qualified and Competitive Workforce

Easton, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today toured the Career Institute of Technology (CIT) and highlighted Governor Tom Wolf's bold Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) to expand job training to create a highly qualified and competitive workforce.

"The Career Institute of Technology is providing students and adult learners with the education and hands-on job training programs they need to succeed in the 21st century economy," said Cipriani. "Local businesses that need skilled workers can find these employees right here in Easton, and students are graduating from CIT work-ready from day one."

Cipriani toured some of the Career Institute of Technology's job training programs including the HVAC, Machine Tool Technology, and Early Childhood Education labs.

Cipriani said the governor's SWEAP proposal builds on last year's successful launch of PAsmart which provided nearly $30 million to bolster STEM and computer science in schools and expand apprenticeships and job training. Through SWEAP, 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.

Other SWEAP components to help people get the education and skills to compete for good jobs include:

  • Expanding access to high-quality child care
  • Ensuring kids are in school by age 6 and stay until age 18,
  • Modernizing the minimum teacher salary
  • Expanding opportunities for teachers to learn the job skills needed by local employers,
  • Increasing access to 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, skills gaps, and worker shortages that exist across the commonwealth.

"We are excited for the opportunity to show Deputy Secretary Cipriani the diverse programs of in-demand occupations available at our school," said Adrianne Jones, administrative director of CIT. "The Career Institute of Technology works to promote college and career readiness for high school students through advanced academics, technical and employability skills."

The Career Institute of Technology, located in Easton, serves students from Bangor Area, Easton Area, Nazareth Area, Pen Argyl Area, and Wilson Area School Districts. At CIT, occupational, professional, and academic skills are integrated throughout each program. Courses are designed to provide students with the skills and confidence needed to create and maintain an atmosphere which contributes to the entire process of learning and succeeding. CIT provides career and technical education in a safe and active environment, and students leave CIT prepared to start careers and continue their education.

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 dlipress@pa.gov

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