HARRISBURG (February 14, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Chester County Workforce Development Board (WDB) will receive nearly $1 million in state grant funding to prepare workers for the skills that growing businesses need.

The funding, which comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Next Generation Industrial Partnerships program, aims to connect employers in the same industry to provide job training.

“Our goal is to build a strong workforce of well-rounded and experienced professionals who will be the first in line to seize the job opportunities presented by the new economy,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “Industry partnerships can help do just that – provide innovative career development opportunities for students, workers, and potential employees to prepare them with the skills they need to succeed”

In Chester County, the WDB and the Chester County Economic Development Council will utilize four grants to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support advanced manufacturing industry partnerships. They are as follows:

  • $250,000 to implement a partnership with the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties.
  • $250,000 to implement a partnership with Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG).
  • $250,000 to implement a partnership with Health Care Connect.
  • $220,000 to implement a partnership with the Smart Energy Initiative of Southeastern Pa.

In addition, Delaware County Community College, which serves students from Chester County, was awarded a $45,000 Next Generation Industrial Partnerships grant to a partnership in the logistics and transportation industry.

The funds come as part of more than $5.3 million awarded to dozens of organizations in southcentral and southeast Pennsylvania to support job training in building and construction, early childhood education, information technology, maintenance, and advanced manufacturing.

 

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