Guzman praises $176,155 in grants awarded to the Berks County Workforce Development Board

READING, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Manuel Guzman, D-Berks, today announced that the Berks County Workforce Development will receive $176.155 in grant funding to improve nursing career opportunities. The grant was awarded through the state Department of Labor and Industry’s Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership.

The Berks County Workforce Development Board will partner with the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance and Reading Area Community College to launch a new Greater Reading Healthcare Connections Industry Partnership, with a focus on creating strategies for employers to develop career pathways, establishing industry credentials to education partner(s), and designing and implementing a registered-apprentice-home-health-aide-to-LPN career pathway.

“This is great news for our county and all of Pennsylvania because we cannot deny that there is an alarming lack of health care workers in hospitals and health care facilities. We urgently need to find efficient ways to boost opportunities in this essential field,” Guzman said.

“This investment will help prepare individuals for many important roles. Another significant aspect that I must highlight, as Latino, is that these programs are aimed to help individuals in underserved communities who speak English as a second language, minorities and individuals that sadly are facing colossal barriers when it comes to finding employment.”