Gov. Wolf: PAsmart is Creating the Skilled Workforce that Businesses Need

first_img PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – After delivering on his bold budget plan to invest in education and job training for Pennsylvania workers, Governor Tom Wolf today visited Phoenix Contact USA near Harrisburg to highlight how his PAsmart initiative is expanding apprenticeships and other job training opportunities.“PAsmart is investing in training people to have the skills and experience that growing businesses need to thrive,” said Governor Wolf. “By closing the training gap, we can ensure workers can compete for good, well-paying jobs and every employer can find the talented people it needs to succeed and grow our economy.”The governor launched the innovative PAsmart initiative last year and secured a $10 million increase to $40 million for the program this year. PAsmart provides $20 million for science and technology education, $10 million for apprenticeships and job training, and new this year, an additional $10 million for career and technical education.“Pennsylvania businesses are hiring, but they can’t find enough skilled workers for all of the open jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “PAsmart recognizes that a four-year college isn’t for everyone, but people need the job training that apprenticeships and career and technical education provide.”In the first year of PAsmart, the Department of Labor & Industry awarded grants to more than 100 pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs serving over 2,600 workers. Apprenticeships give workers the opportunity to earn a paycheck while learning and gaining on-the-job training with an employer.Apprenticeship opportunities are available in traditional industries such as welding, machining, carpentry and plumbing, as well as non-traditional industries, including mental health services, human services, early childhood education, scientific research, and information technology.“Data is showing that the path to prosperity for the next generation of students no longer runs exclusively through a four-year college,” said Eric D. Palmer, executive director of the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center. “Graduates earning industry certifications, who have combined their technical skills with rigorous and challenging academic accomplishments, will form the foundation of our state’s rapidly evolving economy. “PAsmart also invests in Pennsylvania’s nationally leading Next Generation Industry Partnerships, which create collaboration among businesses to improve the training for their workforce.Other workforce development accomplishments under Governor Wolf include:• Increasing the number of apprentices in Pennsylvania to 16,682;• Increasing the number of career and technical education (CTE) students earning industry-recognized credentials by 34.2 percent;• Increasing the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs by 27.2 percent;• Advancing Pennsylvania to third in the nation in the number of nationally recognized STEM ecosystems and making the commonwealth the fifth largest producer of STEM graduates;• Approving more than $4 million in funding through the new Manufacturing PA initiative for nine new training programs across Pennsylvania to give more than 340 job seekers the skills they need to secure a stable, high-paying job in manufacturing.Governor Wolf has set a goal of increasing the number of workers with training after high school from 47 percent to 60 percent by 2025.At Phoenix Contact USA, the governor met several apprentices while touring the manufacturing and logistics sections of the company’s Dauphin County facility. July 09, 2019 Gov. Wolf: PAsmart is Creating the Skilled Workforce that Businesses Needcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

USG announces 2017-2018 Executive Officers

first_imgUSG President-elect Austin Dunn and USG Vice President-elect Morgan Monahan announced the USG Executive Officers for the 2017-2018 school year at the USG meeting on Tuesday.Luke Southwell-Chan, a junior majoring in communications, will serve as USC’s chief of staff. His duties will include overseeing advocacy, internal communication and accountability within USG. Previously, Southwell-Chan was USG’s senior director of communications, assistant director of marketing and an external affairs Delegate in USG’s Advocacy Branch.Donielle Bunyard, a junior majoring in psychology, will serve as USG’s treasurer. She will oversee all of USG’s accounts, from funding to programming. Bunyard’s experience includes serving as USG executive assistant and the assistant director of elections and recruitment.Daniel Zhu, a junior majoring in business administration, will be USG’s senior director of communications. His responsibilities will include managing all of USG’s external communication teams, as well as branding for the organization as a whole. Previously, he was the director of photography on the USG Media Team.Sarah Kim, a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering and economics, was appointed as the new senior director of programming. She will oversee all assemblies and committees within USG’s programming branch and work with the chief of staff to plan retreats. Kim was the executive director of APASA and USG’s assistant director of photography.Dunn and Monahan also announced a new USG position, chief diversity officer, which will be shared between Ivana Giang and Cindy Pineda. The position includes working in conjunction with the chief of staff in overseeing the Advocacy branch, along with cultural liaisons and advocacy delegates, while also holding USG accountable in the realm of diversity. Giang is a sophomore majoring in global studies and public policy, and Pineda is a junior majoring in policy, planning and development.“They’re going to be the ones establishing what this role looks like, because it is new,” Monahan said. “The whole reasoning behind this position is that we want diversity to be the forethought of things.”last_img read more