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08/02/2019

Wolf Administration Highlights Summer STEM Internships for In-demand Jobs in Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani visited SEKISUI SPI's global thermoplastics manufacturing facility in Bloomsburg today to highlight the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) that provides paid work experience for students. The internship with SEKISUI SPI allows interns to develop the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) job skills needed to succeed in today's economy.

"SLIP internships are helping nearly 1,100 young Pennsylvanians get the real-world work experience and job skills they need to succeed," Cipriani said. "The program provides opportunities with local employers, establishing a career path for students as they pursue future employment, while creating a job-ready talent pool for employers."  

L&I provided more than $4.4 million in funding to 22 Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs). The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board received $390,344 to provide summer internships with local employers in Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. The students learn résumé writing, interview skills, financial literacy, diversity training and entrepreneurial skills training.

During the tour, the interns demonstrated operations and troubleshooting of SEKISUI SPI's newest manufacturing production line. SEKISUI SPI employs three summer interns through SLIP.

"The current—and next—generation of our workforce are the most important resources we have, and continuing to invest in them should be a priority for every business in PA," said Sharon Haverlak, Vice President of People and Culture, SEKISUI SPI.  "The SLIP program allowed us to have our biggest intern cohort yet, spanning multiple educational institutions, fields of study, and career dreams, leaving behind a legacy of collaboration, innovation, and positive disruption. We can't wait to see what our interns do after they finish school and to welcome another cohort next year."

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. 

"Governor Tom Wolf understands that Pennsylvania's businesses are expanding and need skilled workers," said Cipriani. "That is why with his PAsmart initiative, he has prioritized providing workers with the education and training needed 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.

SEKISUI SPI is a global thermoplastics leader that is changing manufacturing for the 21st century by challenging how to think, design, and create as a master supplier. With a team of over 300 dedicated professionals, SEKISUI SPI serves customers in 34 countries across a diverse spectrum of major industries including aviation, transportation, medical, agriculture and heavy equipment, and industrial equipment housings.

The 2019 SLIP is 100% funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

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

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