Conklin announces grants to preapre, educate local students for high growth jobs

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, today announced his district has received federal funds to help connect local businesses and students, providing them with job training and related resources for in-demand technical careers in Pennsylvania.

Approximately $104,200 in federal Business-Education Partnership funds have been awarded to the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp., a local workforce development board comprised of nine counties, including Centre County. The funds will be used to educate and increase awareness of technical career opportunities among students, parents, teachers, and school faculty in the region. The grant will also provide businesses the opportunity to better connect with students and school districts about the career pathways they have to offer.

“This grant will go a long way to help students and their parents to learn more about their career options after high school,” Conklin said. “I’m pleased the funding will also provide avenues for businesses in our area to reach out to students and school districts to learn about the jobs that are in demand.”

A total of 22 local workforce development boards statewide received grants, totaling more than $2.6 million.

The BEP program provides career-related experiences and development opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, with the ultimate goal of engaging more students in Pennsylvania in acquiring the technical skills needed by employers.

For more information, contact the CPWDC at 570-568-6868.