Berks Co. House Democrats congratulate Workforce Board on state grant

(Feb 22, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – Three state lawmakers in Berks County are congratulating the Berks County Workforce Development board for receiving a Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership Program award of $176,155 from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. This grant program, as part of the COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Initiative and funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, blends the registered apprenticeship and industry partnership models and is designed to address the many workforce challenges in communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the money, the Berks County Workforce Development Board will partner with the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance and Reading Area Community College to launch a new Greater Reading Healthcare Connections Industry Partnership, with a focus on creating strategies for employers to develop career pathways, establishing industry credentials to education partners, and designing and implementing a Registered Apprentice Home Health Aide to LPN career pathway. “Sincere congratulations are in order for the Workforce Development Board, whose application to the program reflected the need and vision for more pathways into nursing, for our area,” said House Speaker Mark Rozzi. “Kudos to all of the people who worked to show why the Reading area is a premier place for investing state dollars.” “With this development, more people will be able to choose a career in the nursing field Read more


Los demócratas de la Cámara Estatal de Representantes del Condado de Berks felicitan a la Junta Laboral por la subvención estatal.

(Feb 22, 2023)

HARRISBURG, 22 de febrero: tres legisladores estatales en el condado de Berks felicitan a la junta de desarrollo de la fuerza laboral del condado de Berks por recibir un premio del Programa de asociación de la industria de aprendizaje para enfermería de $ 176,155 del Departamento de Trabajo e Industria de Pensilvania. Este programa de subvenciones, como parte de la Iniciativa de la Fuerza Laboral de Enfermería para el COVID-19 y financiado por la Ley Federal del Plan de Rescate, combina el aprendizaje y los modelos de asociación de la industria para abordar los desafíos de la fuerza laboral en las comunidades más afectadas por la pandemia. Con el dinero, la Junta de Desarrollo de la Fuerza Laboral del Condado de Berks acompañan al Greater Reading Chamber Alliance y Reading Area Community College para lanzar una nueva Asociación de la Industria de Conexiones de Atención Médica para la ciudad de Reading, con un enfoque en la creación de estrategias para que los empleadores desarrollen carreras profesionales, estableciendo credenciales en la industria. a los socios educativos, y la implementación de un asistente de salud en el hogar de aprendiz registrado para la carrera profesional de LPN. “Felicitaciones para la Junta de Desarrollo de la Fuerza Laboral, cuya solicitud para el programa refleja la necesidad y la Read more


State Rep. Cepeda-Freytiz helps seniors find tax savings

(Feb 07, 2023)

"We're meeting people where they're at," she said. "We're making it very easy for them to get these services, make these services accessible and attainable." Read more


Latino Health Summit coming to Reading in April

(Feb 03, 2023)

State Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz thanked Latino Connection for bringing issues surrounding health care to the forefront of the discussion. She said events like this help to break down those barriers that exist for so many. Read more


¡Bienvenidos al Distrito Legislativo 129!

(Jan 11, 2023)

Honrada de poder representarte La semana pasada fui juramentada en el Capitolio para comenzar mi primer mandato representando el Distrito Legislativo 129. Me siento honrada y muy emocionada de que la gente trabajadora del distrito 129 me haya otorgado la oportunidad de ser su voz en Harrisburg. Estoy comprometida con ustedes. Voy a trabajar con mis colegas en la Cámara de Representantes llena de entusiasmo y determinación para asegurarme de que todas las prioridades de nuestra comunidad sean tomadas en cuenta. ¡Bienvenidos al Distrito Legislativo 129! Mi equipo y yo estamos aquí para ayudarle. Estoy emocionado de comenzar a servir a la gente del Distrito 129. Mi personal y yo podemos ayudar con inquietudes y servicios relacionados con el estado, como ayuda con las facturas de calefacción del hogar, información sobre trabajos y ayudas con sus gasto de vivienda, asistencia con medicamentos recetados para personas mayores, registro de vehículos y mucho más. Una visita al Centro de Ciencia de Reading Gracias al equipo de Reading Science Center por la oportunidad de aprender sobre el maravilloso trabajo que realizan en nuestra comunidad. El centro ofrece una fantástica experiencia para toda la familia. ¡Visita el Centro! Es un espacio divertido y creativo que ayuda a promover carreras en ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y Read more


Millions in state grants awarded to Berks organizations to address violence

(Jan 11, 2023)

"Our youth need outlets such as the Olivet Boys & Girls Club and many others to be engaged, to have positive outlets," said Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz. Read more


Rally in Reading marks anniversary of Jan. 6, 2021, attack on Capitol

(Jan 08, 2023)

Reading state Reps. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz and Manny Guzman were among the speakers at the event. Read more


Cepeda-Freytiz discusses hopes, goals in new role as state rep

(Jan 03, 2023)

"Being the first Latina from Berks County is pretty amazing," Cepeda-Freytiz said. "I am so excited. I thank God every day. I thank my family, all the volunteers, supporters, voters."  Read more


Top Stories 2022: Latino voting power and candidate viability a main focus in 2022

(Dec 26, 2022)

Democratic incumbent Manny Guzman and Reading City Council President Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz won their bids to represent the dramatically reshaped House districts that include parts of Reading. Read more


McClinton applauds, welcomes newest members to House Democratic Caucus

(Dec 08, 2022)

“In January, the House Democratic Caucus will proudly swear in the largest and most diverse class of freshmen legislators in over a decade,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. Read more


State programs now open for applications

(Dec 06, 2022)

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency/Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Innovative Solicitation (Funding Source: Justice Reinvestment Fund) Who May Apply : Existing PACTT Affiliates. Use : To improve services for delinquent youth receiving academic and career/technical training services. Funds : Awards up to $75,000 for 24-month projects. Application Deadline : December 23, 2022 More Information : Click on . Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Pumpout Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities. Use : To fund the construction, renovation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service pleasure boats. Funds : Reimburse up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations. Application Deadline : December 30, 2022 More Information : Click on . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022-23 School Safety and Security Training and Technical Assistance Program (Funding Source: FY 2022 School Safety and Security Grant Program Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education (not-for profit), and for-profit organizations. Use : To Read more


PennDOT is hiring for winter maintenance

(Dec 01, 2022)

PennDOT is currently hiring employees for the Winter Maintenance Program. Employees hired for the Winter Maintenance Program are critical to a safe winter season, and these temporary opportunities are an excellent pathway to a permanent career with PennDOT. For more information on how to apply, click here . Read more


Need help heating your home? Apply to LIHEAP this winter.

(Dec 01, 2022)

Pennsylvanians in need of energy assistance are encouraged to apply to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for 2022-2023 winter heating season. To see if you qualify, view the table via the link above, and click here to apply online using COMPASS. A paper application can also be found here . Everyone should be able to keep warm during the coldest months of the year, and LIHEAP is a true security blanket for those who are in need. Read more


PA Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Dec 01, 2022)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts Uncashed checks, including paychecks Lost stocks and bonds Contents of safe deposit boxes Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies Expired gift cards/gift certificates To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at or call 1-800-222-2046. There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more


Get quality health coverage at a low cost through Pennie

(Dec 01, 2022)

Pennsylvanians can enroll in 2023 health insurance coverage through Pennie now until Jan. 15, 2023. Last year, many Pennsylvanians enrolled in health insurance through a Pennie plan and paid lower monthly premiums due to premium subsidies included in the American Rescue Plan Act. The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act extended these subsidies until Jan. 1, 2026. Visit or the Pennie Customer Service Call Center at 1-844-844-8040. Read more