Donatucci announces nearly $238K in state funding for Workforce Development projects

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., announced today that state grant funds have been awarded to two workforce development boards in the 185th District.

A grant for $137,951 was awarded to the Philadelphia County Workforce Development Board to provide 200 middle school students with career exposure in fields related to science, math, engineering and technology. The program is designed to increase interest in middle-skill, high-skill and professional careers in these high-priority industries.

Another $100,000 grant was awarded to the Delaware County Workforce Development Board to create the Two-Generation Career Exploration and Education Program. The program is designed to serve adults and high school students in Delaware County who are interested in exploring careers in manufacturing or health care. Students and their parents would be connected to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities to disrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

These funds were awarded as part of the Business-Education Partnership program, through the Department of Labor & Industry. More than $2.4 million was awarded to local workforce development boards across the Commonwealth.