Grant Supports Efforts to Boost Local Education, Career Training

Harrisburg –  Two grants awarded by the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) will improve the ability of local schools and businesses to work together to better prepare students for different career paths, according to Senator Bob Mensch (R-24).

The Berks County Workforce Development Board received $110,955 and the Bucks County Workforce Development Board received $118,200 in state grants

The grants will support programs to connect schools, employers, and students to career-related experiences and opportunities locally. Some of the programs could include soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring.

“Our workforce development boards are a vital resource in providing training, job-skills and job opportunities for area residents,” Mensch said.  “The grants to the Berks and Bucks County Workforce Development Boards are an important investment in our local economy and will help many students find good jobs in high-tech, high-paying fields.

The funding was provided through the Business-Education Partnerships grant program, which is administered by L&I and funded by the federal government. The grants were two of 19 grants totaling $2.4 million that were awarded statewide in the current round of funding.

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388