Mercer County will share in $221,400 grant to train young adults

Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, today announced that the West Central Workforce Development Board was awarded $221,400 to help educate youth and young adults.


Mercer County is among five counties that the West Central Workforce Development Board will use funding to provide six business and industry career fairs and 30 paid work experiences in targeted industries.


Longietti was pleased the grant also includes funding for two educator-in-the workplace programs.


“The face of modern manufacturing has changed dramatically with the use of technology,” said Longietti. “It’s important that educators have an opportunity to experience the 21st century workplace so that they may translate these changes to the classroom and get students interested in the rewarding careers available in our local economy.”


The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded nearly $3.5 million from the Reemployment Fund for 16 Strategic Innovation projects across the state. The grants were given to local Workforce Development Boards.


“Providing high school students with real life career experiences is a plus for both young adults and potential future employers,” said Longietti. “Educating young people is one of the best investments that we can make.”


Click here for a full list of 2017-18 Strategic Innovation Grant Awardees.