Matzie talks workforce development, Plan4PA at House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable

MONACA, Jan. 17– State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable to discuss workforce development at the Community College of Beaver County.


Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee, including Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, joined Matzie for the discussion with local labor leaders and policy experts. The roundtable focused on job training for employment opportunities in Southwest Pennsylvania. 


“Programs have been developed to take advantage of the Shell cracker plant and Southwest Pennsylvania’s abundant supply of energy. This tells a good story of the role community colleges play in preparing the workforce, planning and filling positions based on demand,” Matzie said. 


“Workforce development often begins at community colleges. Whether recent high school graduates are continuing their education or adult learners are looking to further their education and careers, they offer the key to a family-sustaining career path,” Sturla emphasized. “Representative Matzie is an example of those who attended community college and have achieved both personal and professional success. I look forward to further discussion on developing a workforce for the needs of today and the future.”


Participants included: John Goberish, dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Community College of Beaver County; Elizabeth McIntyre, director of Tri-State Energy & Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium, Community College of Beaver County; John Kochanowski, president, IBEW 712; and Mike McDonald, president, Beaver County Building and Construction Trades. 


Visit for additional information about the Plan4PA and for Policy Committee materials.