Delco representatives applaud $100K in business-education partnership funding

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – A delegation of state representatives from Delaware County applauded today’s announcement from Gov. Tom Wolf that more than $2.4 million has been awarded to local workforce development boards for Business-Education Partnership funding.

That includes a $100,000 award to the Delaware County Workforce Development Board. The BEP grants will connect schools, employers and students to provide internships, mentoring and career-development opportunities.

The DCWDB proposes to continue its Two-Generation Career Exploration and Education Program to serve adults and high school students residing in Delaware County who are interested in exploring career pathways in manufacturing or health care. The board has stated its goal as connecting both students and their parents to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs with Delco employers to disrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

“The Delaware County Council had the strategic wisdom and foresight to create diverse work-group committees on the important issues facing citizens, including the Workforce and Economic Development Committee. As a member of that committee, I see first-hand the needs and challenges facing us,” Rep. Margo Davidson said. “This grant is part of the answer to address those challenges – by helping to open doors for talented individuals, getting them on the fast track in their careers and providing much needed family-sustaining wages right here in Delaware County, particularly in the areas of greatest need.”

“Manufacturing and health care are high-demand career fields in our community,” Rep. Leanne Krueger said. “I’m pleased to see this funding awarded to support a program that connects not only students, but parents to opportunities that lead to good jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.”

“I’m grateful for the continued focus on preparing our students for brighter futures,” Rep. Brian Kirkland said. “Helping connect these students to potential careers in manufacturing or health care is a worthwhile investment, and my congratulations go to the Delaware County Workforce Development Board.”

“One of my top priorities as a legislator is to grow our local economy with family-sustaining jobs,” Rep. Mike Zabel said. “Investing in and expanding opportunities for Delco residents to enter the manufacturing or health care fields is a big step in that direction.”

“This investment will help the next generation in Delaware County prepare for the future,” Rep. David Delloso said. “Pennsylvania needs to address workforce shortage concerns, and this grant creates more workplace shadowing, mentoring and hands-on training – paving the way for our students to be better prepared to enter the workforce.”

“Investing into Pennsylvania’s education systems is a valuable investment into tomorrow’s workforce, which ensures a promising future for the commonwealth,” Rep. Jennifer O’Mara said. “It’s critical to expose students to all the options available to them after high school, especially to the careers that are in demand and require highly skilled workers. My thanks to the governor for funding this valuable program.”