Readshaw: Grant will expand real-world learning, job opportunities for area students

HARRISBURG, May 16 – An $85,700 business education partnership grant will provide Pittsburgh students greater access to real-world learning programs, a pipeline to entry-level jobs at area businesses and a career track in the medical field, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today.

“By strengthening the tie between the classroom and the workplace, the funding will give students interested in high-tech careers greater access to real-world learning programs like internships, apprenticeships and mentoring,” Readshaw said. “Beyond that, it will open the door to entry-level jobs at area businesses and create a career track for students interested in the medical field through a partnership with career and technology centers, the Community College of Allegheny County and UPMC.”

The grant -- awarded by the state Department of Labor & Industry through the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board -- is one of 18 such grants totaling $2 million awarded statewide through workforce development boards. In addition to creating pathways for real-world learning and career opportunities, the Three Rivers grant will be used to help younger students explore technical careers.

Readshaw said the grants are an excellent investment on several levels.

“Giving our next generation of workers real-world, hands-on experience gives them a leg up in a high-tech, quickly evolving job market,” he said. “This puts Pennsylvania’s workers and families first, which is part of our Democratic Plan for PA. It also helps everyone by ensuring that Pennsylvania is prepared to meet the demands of a 21st century global economy.”