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

Angels hitters come up empty against resurgent Chris Sale, drop 7th straight

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The only baserunners the Angels managed in the game came on Shohei Ohtani’s check-swing infield hit in the first and a Mike Trout single in the seventh.“He had great stuff tonight,” said Trout, who struck out twice against Sale. “He was painting on me, I’ll tell you that. Just a battle, a grind. Had his velo. It looked the same (as in his prime) to me.”The Angels hitters came up empty on a night that they got a second straight solid performance from Peters, who shared the credit with new catcher Max Stassi.“I just went with him,” Peters said. “The high fastball was working and the curve ball played off it. Really, he needs the credit. He called a hell of a game. It was a lot of fun.”Related Articles PreviousBoston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left, celebrates with right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols swings and misses at a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon tags Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout as he strikes out for the last out of the baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. The Red Sox won 3-0. 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(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Sam Travis has his helmet removed by Mookie Betts to celebrate his two-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Angels’ Mike Trout reacts to home plate umpire Brian O’Nora, who called Trout out on strikes during the first inning of the team’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon is at right. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon receives congratulations in the dugout after he hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dillon Peters delivers to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left, celebrates with right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols swings and misses at a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols swings and misses at a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)ExpandBOSTON — The Angels may have hoped that they’d see the Chris Sale who has uncharacteristically struggled this season.Instead, they saw the version who has been one of baseball’s best pitchers throughout his career.Whether it was the Angels’ slumping hitters or Sale being on top of his game again, the result was a 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. It was the Angels’ season-worst seventh straight defeat.While pitching has been the Angels’ main problem throughout the streak, they happened to get a solid outing from Dillon Peters on a night that the hitters could do nothing with Sale. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Sale, who brought a 4.68 ERA into the game, blanked the Angels on two hits over eight innings. Sale, who came into the game averaging a major-league best 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings, struck out 13 and didn’t walk any.To Manager Brad Ausmus, who was managing the Detroit Tigers when Sale was the ace of the Chicago White Sox, it looked familiar.“I saw a lot of him in my last job,” Ausmus said, “and that’s what I saw … He can still reach back for the velocity when he needs it. His last couple years in Chicago he was doing similar. He’d coast at 91-93 and when he wanted to elevate, the velocity would go to 96, especially with two strikes. That’s what he did tonight.”Sale struck out Albert Pujols to end the seventh with a 98.4 mph fastball, his hardest pitch of the year.The Angels had been one of the toughest teams in baseball to strike out for most of the season, but during their seven-game losing streak they have whiffed 81 times. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Peters gave up three runs in six innings, all of them coming on a pair of homers. He struck out eight and walked one. He also got an assist from Kole Calhoun, who made a spectacular diving catch to rob Xander Bogaerts of an extra-base hit leading off the fourth.“He pitched really well,” Ausmus said. “He gave up those two home runs, but I thought Peters pitched really well. He got a lot of swings and misses. He used his curve ball. He threw strikes, which at times has been a little bit of a problem, against a very good offensive club.”In Peters’ previous outing, he had entered in the first after opener Taylor Cole had already allowed three runs, and Peters lasted the final 7-2/3 innings of the game. He was charged with three runs.Peters, who was quietly acquired in a trade from the Miami Marlins last winter, has a 3.45 ERA in 31-1/3 innings with the Angels this season.“Going back to spring training we liked the makeup and the mound presence,” Ausmus said. “He’s backed up those feelings we have for him with performance.”On Thursday, Peters got burned by a first-pitch fastball over the heart of the plate to Sam Travis, who blasted it out to center for a two-run homer in the second inning. Peters also gave up a solo homer to Sandy Leon leading off the fifth, but that was it. He retired the final six batters he faced.“If you give up three runs to that offense in this ballpark, you feel like you got a shot to win,” Ausmus said. “Unfortunately Chris Sale was on.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more