Governor Tom Wolf continues his unwavering commitment to the Commonwealth workforce with the announcement of $696,220 in new funding for the Pennsylvaniavania college of technology Multiple Apprenticeship Pathways (MAP) Program at Penn College.
“Supporting apprenticeship programs is a win for all Commonwealth residents,” Governor Wolf said. “Pennsylvania College of Technology programs will provide participants with a paycheck while they receive the training they need to advance their careers. These programs provide participants with valuable skills that prepare them for in-demand, well-paying jobs in areas we all rely on and need.
With this funding, provided by Pennsylvania Subsidy Program for Pre-Apprentices and Apprentices, Pennsylvania College of Technology will expand participation in and awareness of its pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. The college plans to train a total of 60 advanced manufacturing pre-apprentices and train at least 160 advanced manufacturing apprentices over three years.
Pre-apprentices will be able to participate in Penn College job fairs as well as Industry Day, and apprentices will receive training in mechatronics, Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) courses, computer numerical control ( CNC), technician course in plastics, robotics and IntroMECH processes.
“In 2018, with the help of funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development, we were able to launch our High School Pre-Apprenticeship Program, designed to give students experience in a variety of high-skill, high-demand jobs. in advanced manufacturing,” said Beth M. Bittenbender, director of operations/special projects for workforce development at Penn College. “This new funding allows us to continue to offer this program to the 22 Commonwealth Schools and Cyber Schools that have already participated, while potentially expanding it to other school districts. The funding also allows us to reduce the cost to employers of our registered apprenticeship programs, helping them address the enormous skills gap challenges they continue to face.
Pennsylvania College of Technology became an affiliate of Pennsylvania State University in 1989. Prior to affiliation, it was known as Williamsport Area Community College (1965-89) and Williamsport Technical Institute (1941-65). Today, Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State, committed to teaching applied technology. Nearly 4,200 students are enrolled in bachelor’s, associate’s, and certificate majors relating to more than 100 different career fields.
Under Governor Wolf’s leadership, 83 pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs have been supported and more than $12.7 million has been invested through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Grant Program (DCED) of Pennsylvania.
The program aims to increase the availability of apprenticeships to Pennsylvania employers to help them recruit and develop their talent. Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Program funding is provided to eligible applicants in an effort to achieve the goal of increasing accessibility to apprenticeships statewide. Eligible uses of funds include expenses related to education that complements on-the-job learning.
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