State lawmakers applaud grant for more than $100K for Berks County Workforce Development Board

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – State lawmakers from Berks County applauded a $110,955 grant awarded to the Berks County Workforce Development Board Thursday to help prepare students for in-demand careers.

“This is an example of the state putting federal money to work today to better prepare the next generation for the jobs they will need tomorrow,” said state Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks.  

The Department of Labor & Industry awarded more than $2.4 million for Business-Education Partnership grants to 19 local workforce development boards to help businesses and school districts work together.

“These grants help in two ways: they prepare our students with the skills they need for in-demand jobs, and they facilitate relationships between schools and future employers,” state Rep. Mark Rozzi said. “This announcement will not only help students of today, but it’s my hope the relationships created because of this grant will continue to pay dividends in the years and decades to come.”  

The grant partnerships will provide career-related experiences through internships, workplace development and mentoring.

“I commend our Berks County Workforce Development Board and partner organizations for their innovative and forward-thinking approach to preparing students for jobs of the future,” state Sen. Judy Schwank said. “This investment of funds will help ensure that students are aware of the multitude of career opportunities available to them while also providing our businesses with the skilled work force they need to remain competitive.”

The Business-Education Partnership grants from L&I are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart online.