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Wolf Administration Highlights Summer STEM Internship for In-demand Jobs in Wilkes-Barre

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani visited Borton-Lawson Engineering Inc. in Wilkes-Barre today to highlight the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) that provides work experience opportunities for youth and young adults. The internship opportunity with Borton-Lawson allows participants to develop the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) job skills needed to succeed in today's 21st century economy.

"SLIP places students into summer internships with local employers, providing them with real-world work experience, and developing the skills they'll need to get a good job," Cipriani said. "These internship programs are helping nearly 1,100 young adults develop the job skills they need to succeed, while simultaneously building the strongest workforce in the nation."  

L&I provided the funding to 22 Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) across Pennsylvania who submitted proposals for summer internship program participation. The Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board received $317,963 to provide summer internships with local employers in Luzerne and Schuylkill Counties to give participants the real-world work experience and career-readiness skills they need to pursue future employment opportunities.

During the tour, the interns demonstrated the use of the company's engineering virtual reality equipment. Borton-Lawson employs two summer interns through SLIP.

"Participating in the SLIP program for the past two years has been greatly beneficial to our organization. We love being able to attract local talent and show them what opportunities exist in Luzerne County," said Monica Marshalonis, Human Resources Director, Borton-Lawson.  "Being able to attract talent in this market has been extremely difficult and the SLIP program allows us to show local students what Borton-Lawson has to offer.  Our participation has led to full time opportunities for some of our interns and allows us to build a pipeline of talent for our organization."

More than $4.4 million total was awarded to 22 LWDBs for SLIP in 2019. These funds are supporting the development of workforce preparation skills including résumé writing, interview skills, financial literacy, diversity training and entrepreneurial skills training

SLIP is operating for an eight-week period that began May 6 and will end August 30, 2019. The program offers full-time wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for youth between 16 and 24 years. 

"These programs provide opportunities for youth employment with for-profit and non-profit employers, and establish career paths for young adults that lead to increased employment opportunities," said Cipriani. "Governor Tom Wolf understands that Pennsylvania's businesses are expanding and need skilled workers, and that is why with his PAsmart initiative, he has prioritized providing workers with the education and training to get today's in-demand jobs."

Governor Wolf's nationally-leading workforce development initiative, PAsmart, is a new way to invest in people and business to create and expand innovative job training in STEM, computer science, apprenticeships, and other programs so worker get the skills that businesses need to compete in the global economy. PAsmart is expanding this year to provide $20 million for science and technology education, $10 million for career and technical education, and $10 million for hands-on skills training and apprenticeships.

Borton-Lawson, an engineering and architecture firm, is a Top 500 ENR firm with offices throughout Pennsylvania. Borton-Lawson is an organically grown and sustainably built business committed to being a valuable and contributing partner to clients in the Transportation, Oil & Gas, Industrial, Land Planning & Design, Life Cycle Solutions, Glass, Power, and Water sectors.

The 2019 SLIP is 100 percent funded through federal money made available from WIOA.

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, L&I, 717-787-7530

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