WEST CHESTER – April 7, 2017 – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Chester County Workforce Development Board will receive $135,000 in state funding for programs to connect local businesses with school districts to promote job and career opportunities.

The Business-Education Partnership grant, which comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, was part of $2.4 million in total state funding awarded to 19 recipients throughout the Commonwealth.

“The path to success in the workplace begins in the classroom,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “By coordinating efforts between educators and employers, we can ensure that our students are better prepared for innovative and rewarding career and job opportunities. That’s why this grant funding is important and I want to thank the Chester County Workforce Development Board for making this program available.” 

“This funding supports the ‘Educator in the Workplace’ initiative which connects classroom learning with relevant business practices,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Partnering teachers with business leaders to integrate subject material with relevant work standards will help better prepare students for 21st-century careers.”

In November 2016, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board recommended a portion of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act discretionary monies from fiscal year 2015-16 be used to fund the Business-Education Partnerships program. These partnerships connect local businesses with school districts to support job opportunities and career pathways to increase awareness of in-demand technical careers.

The Business-Education Partnerships connect schools, employers and students to provide career-related experiences and exposure opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in the need for technical skills required by employers.

“Labor & Industry is proud to administer this funding to encourage students interested in exploring career and technical education opportunities,” said L&I Secretary Kathy Manderino. “Providing Pennsylvania’s young people with a solid first work experience puts them squarely on the path to future success.”