Snyder: $227,050 investment coming to district

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced her district has received federal funds to help connect local businesses and students, providing them with job training opportunities and related resources for in-demand technical careers locally and across Pennsylvania.

Two grants, totaling $227,050 in federal Business-Education Partnership funds have been awarded to the following:

  • $127,050 to Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Development Board.

  • $100,000 to the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board (Greene/Washington/Beaver counties).

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.

“These programs are a great way to let our students and parents know career options after high school graduation,” Snyder 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. It’s an excellent way to invest in our future workforce, and economy, ensuring that our communities grow and thrive.”

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.