Hanna announces $100,000 state grant for Central County Workforce Development Board

HARRISBURG, May 10 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, announced today that the Central County Workforce Development Board was awarded a $100,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

“This award is expected to allow our workforce development board the ability to connect local businesses with school districts to promote job opportunities and career readiness,” Hanna said. “Students can learn about the technical skills needed for immediate employment in our 21st Century economy.”

This grant is part of $2 million in funding for Gov. Tom Wolf’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan. The Central County Workforce Development Board consists of nine counties and a population of 630,000 residents, including Clinton and Centre counties.

For Pennsylvania to succeed, there is a need to further invest in workforce development, Hanna said. Governor Wolf has proposed over $50 million through his new Pasmart Workforce Development proposal. This initiative includes $7 million to promote apprenticeships and over $35 million for STEM opportunities.

Hanna said he looks forward to advocating for this program during the state budget debate next month.