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Wolf Administration Touts STEM and Job Training Plan, Tours Clearfield County Career & Technology Center

Wolf Administration Touts STEM and Job Training Plan, Tours Clearfield County Career & Technology Center

CLEARFIELD, Pa. - Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary Eileen Cipriani toured the Clearfield County Career & Technology Center Tuesday and highlighted Governor Tom Wolf's proposed Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP). The bold workforce development plan invests in Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement, and includes expanding job skills training for students and adults. "I love seeing firsthand the quality programs and speaking with the exceptional students at Pennsylvania's career and technical centers," said Cipriani. "We understand the importance of career and technology schools, like Clearfield County Career & Technology Center, in developing skilled workers across the commonwealth 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 Clearfield County Career & Technology Center's job training programs including the Welding and Fabrication, Precision Machine, Drafting and Design, Information Technology, Diesel Mechanics, Adult Practical Nursing, and Adult Truck Driver Training labs. Cipriani said the governor's SWEAP plan builds on last year's successful launch of PAsmartOpens In A New Window 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 by 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. "It's an amazing time in education as students are obtaining school-to-work training at an earlier age, with more opportunities to use experiences as stepping stones to brighter futures," said CCCTC Executive Director Fred Redden. "The cost of higher education and increased opportunities for great paying jobs directly out high school is changing the educational direction of the country.  Specialized training is becoming more popular as companies are willing to invest in graduates instead of graduates investing in education. "The icing on the cake is the fact that Governor Wolf and the state of Pennsylvania have recognized the education/workforce shift and has made career and technical education an investment priority." Clearfield County Career & Technology Center is a technical educational institution that provides quality career-technical education programs and services that prepare youth and adults for success. Approximately 400 secondary students are served annually in fifteen various technology programs, and more than 900 adults enroll annually in over 40 daytime and evening adult courses and programs.
Department of State Moves Election Day Operations to PEMA

Department of State Moves Election Day Operations to PEMA

HARRISBURG, Pa. – To further strengthen election security, the Department of State (DOS) is moving its election-day operations for the May 21 primary to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) facility. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 21, 2019 · Local News, News, PA News
Department of Health Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak

Department of Health Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on Monday announced that Pennsylvania has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A, with 171 cases in 36 counties since January 2018. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 21, 2019 · Local News, News, PA News
Department of Homeland Security Certifies Pennsylvania as REAL ID-Compliant

Department of Homeland Security Certifies Pennsylvania as REAL ID-Compliant

HARRISBURG, Pa. – On Monday, PennDOT announced that the department has been notified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that Pennsylvania is in full compliance with the federal REAL ID Act and regulation. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 21, 2019 · Local News, News, PA News
Pennsylvanians Can Get First Look at Vote Count at Election Returns Website

Pennsylvanians Can Get First Look at Vote Count at Election Returns Website

HARRISBURG, Pa. – With Tuesday's municipal primary election just ahead, Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded Pennsylvanians that the Department of State's election night returns website offers up-to-the-minute results. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 18, 2019 · Local News, PA News
Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate at Record Low 3.8 Percent

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate at Record Low 3.8 Percent

HARRISBURG, Pa. – On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for April 2019. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 18, 2019 · Local News, News, PA News
Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Will Help Revitalize Our Steel Towns

Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Will Help Revitalize Our Steel Towns

STEELTON, Pa. – On Friday, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by local leaders on a walking tour of downtown Steelton to observe blighted business fronts and discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could assist with revitalizing Pennsylvania’s communities. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 18, 2019 · Local News, News, PA News
State Education Department Launches Online Book Nook Initiative to Promote Literacy

State Education Department Launches Online Book Nook Initiative to Promote Literacy

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state Department of Education (PDE) this week launched an initiative aimed at promoting literacy even when school isn’t in session. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 17, 2019 · Local News, PA News
National Safe Boating Week is May 18-24

National Safe Boating Week is May 18-24

HARRISBURG, Pa (May 15) – With the summer boating season just around the corner, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) reminds boaters to put safety first before hitting the water. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 17, 2019 · Local News, PA News
Department of Corrections to Play Major Role in National Prison Reform Discussions, Programs

Department of Corrections to Play Major Role in National Prison Reform Discussions, Programs

Harrisburg, PA – Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel co-facilitated the Urban Institute's Next50 Changemaker Forum in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 17, 2019 · Local News, PA News