Ebensburg, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today toured Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School (APAVTS). Cipriani highlighted Governor Tom Wolf's proposed Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP), a bold workforce development plan to invest in Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement, and expanding job skills training for students and adults.
"Pennsylvania's economic future depends on a well-educated and highly-trained workforce," said Cipriani. "Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School is developing skilled workers and providing students and adult learners with the hands-on job training and STEM education they need to be successful in the 21st century economy."
Cipriani toured some of APAVTS's job training programs including auto body/collision repair, electrical technologies and engineering technology program labs.
Cipriani said the governor'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 registered apprenticeships;
- $3 million to expand job training through Next Generation Industry Partnerships;
- $6 million to expand adult career and technical education programs; and
- $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.
"At Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School, all students are provided with the greatest opportunity to obtain the best education possible," Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School's Executive Director Ken Jubas. "Our motto is 'Learning a skill, lasts a lifetime' and our students apply their skills to make successful careers."
APAVTS offers training and education in 14 technical training areas. Students have opportunities to participate in statewide articulation agreements to acquire postsecondary education credits, as well as, cooperative education programs. APAVTS continues to work with local agencies by providing training for displaced adults increasing marketability in the workplace.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
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