Welby announces $45,000 digital literacy grant

Will boost digital platform and tech skills for area job seekers

HARRISBURG, March 22 – A state grant totaling $45,000 has been awarded to Lackawanna County by the state Department of Labor & Industry to help job seekers develop critical tech skills and digital platform training, state Rep. Thom Welby announced today.

“Everyone needs to be able to use a computer and understand the latest technology in order to work in today’s industries,” said Welby, D-Lackawanna. “The knowledge gained will not only help people find careers while searching the internet, but they can also take those computer literacy skills and utilize them in the workplace as well.”

Welby said the Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board, in collaboration with Marywood University and the PA CareerLink of Lackawanna County will use the Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grant for a series of courses to train job seekers on searching for jobs online and how to use digital platforms, making them more viable candidates in a highly-competitive job market.

Welby said the courses, which will take place August 2022 through July 31, 2023, will include at least 40 people with low levels of digital literacy and has a goal of 32 participants earning digital literacy competency certificates.

The funding is part of a package of grants to 21 organizations. Digital literacy grants support the commonwealth’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan and are 100% federally funded.