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02/06/2020

Westmoreland County Students, L&I Celebrate PAsmart Investments in Job and Skills Training

Latrobe, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today toured Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) in Latrobe to talk with students and instructors, and discuss the importance of expanding STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and Governor Tom Wolf's PAsmart program to expand job training to build the strongest workforce in the nation.  

"Building a world-class workforce is a priority for Governor Tom Wolf," said Secretary Oleksiak.  "Investments in career and technical education programs like these at EWCTC are crucial to providing students with the hands-on skills they need for successful careers, and local employers with a job-ready workforce that will help them thrive."  

Governor Tom Wolf's budget unveiled Tuesday continues to fund his nationally-leading workforce development initiative, PAsmart. The program is investing in skills training and apprenticeships to prepare Pennsylvanians for fast growing careers, as well as science and technology education for schools across Pennsylvania.  

Oleksiak visited some of EWCTC's job training programs and observed students in the health occupations technology program performing phlebotomy, EKG and reception techniques, and culinary arts students participating in a cooking competition. He also toured the machine tool technology program where students were working towards their National Institute for Metalworking Skills certifications in both the manual and CNC labs.  

"EWCTC is among the highest achieving part-time CTC's in the state," said the Center's Administrative Director Todd Weimer. "Last year alone, students earned 680 industry certifications.  We are extremely proud of our students and appreciative of the support that we receive from our sending districts and industry partners."  

Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center is a part-time career and technology center that serves more than 575 students from the Greater Latrobe, Derry Area and Ligonier Valley school districts. The center offers 15 programs in one of five career clusters including automotive, construction, communications and information technology, manufacturing, and human services.  

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

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

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