Matzie: $100,000 grant to connect students with the workplace

AMBRIDGE, Jan. 16 – Beaver County students will have the chance to develop real-world connections with area businesses thanks to a $150,000 state grant that will fund school-business partnerships, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.  

Matzie said the grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry will fund the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board’s “Business Education Partnership” project, aimed at helping students from Beaver County and surrounding areas develop the skills they need for informed career choices.

“The classroom-to-workplace connections made possible by this grant will give students, parents and educators an invaluable look at the needs and demands of today’s employers,” Matzie said. “Out of these partnerships come real-world opportunities for students – who benefit from programs such as career mentoring, internships and workplace shadowing – and real-world advantages for employers, who benefit from a better-prepared pool of job candidates.”

The grant is part of a $2.4 million package of Business-Education Partnership grants to 19 workforce development boards throughout the state. The grants are fully funded through federal money made available from the Innovation and Opportunities Act.

More information about the grants is available through the Department of Labor and Industry’s website.