SAINT MARYS — Acting Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development, Neil Weaver, recently visited Saint Marys Area High School to support the Wolf administration’s investments in manufacturing training programs. school. Acting Secretary Weaver was on hand to celebrate the student-run Dutch Manufacturing Program, recently funded by a $200,000 PA Manufacturing Career Training Grant, which is slated to begin in the 2022 school year- 23.
“I am proud that we can support the Dutch Manufacturing program,” Acting Secretary Weaver said. “With this program, students gain hands-on experience in the manufacturing industry and will also build relationships with local businesses – relationships that will hopefully lead to good jobs in the future.”
Acting Secretary Weaver toured other existing manufacturing training programs at the Elk County School, including drafting and design and precision machining, and participated in a press conference after the tour to highlight the new Dutch manufacturing program.
The Dutch Manufacturing program will give qualified students the opportunity to participate in a manufacturing company that will manufacture actual parts, provide services, and become part of the supply chain for local manufacturers. Over the course of an academic year, students will learn about and perform different job functions in manufacturing, develop essential skills, use advanced manufacturing technologies, and build relationships with area businesses. The program will enroll a total of 210 students during the grant period, from August 2022 to August 2024.
“Manufacturing in Saint Marys, Pennsylvania is critical to our local economy and globally relevant,” said Dr. Harley Ramsey, Saint Marys Area School District Superintendent. “This funding will allow the St. Marys Area School District to create unique opportunities for our students to earn and learn in the world of manufacturing, ensuring a strong future for our rural community.
Governor Tom Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017 and has since funded 73 projects and invested more than $16.1 million through the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program.
Career Training Grants support projects that result in short-term job readiness, job placement, or manufacturing advancement. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program works with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing critical skills to entry-level candidates seeking employment in manufacturing, engaging youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing and/or advancing local or regional capacity. manufacturers.