Snyder: $1 million grant to provide job training opportunities at United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc.

CARMICHAELS, Oct. 15 – With the goal of providing job training that leads to careers with higher pay and advancement opportunity, state Rep. Pam Snyder today lauded the state’s $1 million grant to the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the grant will allow for additional training at the UMWACC’s facility in Prosperity, Greene County, in the in-demand fields of advanced manufacturing and mechatronics.

The center has partnered with the Community College of Allegheny County to offer a 400-hour certificate program in those fields. Mechatronics is a technology that combines mechanical engineering, robotics, electronics, and computer and telecommunications to design, build and operate products.

“This grant is wonderful news, as it continues the state’s investment into jobs of the future in the 50th Legislative District,” Snyder said. “Workforce development and the re-training of displaced workers so they can again obtain family-sustaining jobs is of paramount importance. Today, the administration has helped make that happen.”

Snyder said the $1 million grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development follows the announcement earlier this year of a $3 million state grant to assist the UMWACC with construction costs for renovation of its facility. That award came through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.