O’Mara applauds $137K grant to develop Delaware County workforce

SPRINGFIELD, March 5 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara today announced that the Delaware County Workforce Development Board received a $137,463 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to provide summer internship opportunities through the State/Local Internship Program.

SLIP is funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and helps young adults develop workforce preparation skills by providing participants with their first work experience.

“Often times, the high cost of pursuing higher education in Pennsylvania, whether from a trade school or university, can hinder people when it comes to securing well-paying, sustainable, full-time work,” O’Mara said. “Pennsylvania is facing a shortage of skilled workers, and programs like SLIP help fill that void without contributing to the student debt crisis.”

The 2020 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 1 and August 28. The program will offer wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for young adults between 16 and 24.

For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit https://www.pasmart.gov/.