$100,000 grant will help educators, families stay abreast of area’s latest career pathways, jobs

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – A $100,000 Business-Education Partnership grant will help keep Mercer County educators, families and students abreast of the latest high-priority career pathways and jobs, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

The grant to the West Central Workforce Development Board will allow the board to act as intermediary, convening planning sessions with educators and employers. The goal is to develop a comprehensive strategy that keeps students, teachers and school administrators up-to-date on career pathways and occupations in the area.

"The workplace landscape is constantly evolving as new technology brings new demands – and new opportunities – to the job market,” Longietti said. “The funding announced today is critical for ensuring that area educators and students keep pace. With the proper planning, we can make sure education requirements remain current, that students and families have the tools they need to make informed career choices and that local employers attract applicants who are fully prepared to meet job demands. It’s a terrific investment in our future workforce and our economy."

The grant is one of 22 awarded to local workforce development boards statewide. The awards were 100-percent federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act and administered through the state Department of Labor and Industry.