WEST CHESTER (January 16, 2020) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Chester County Workforce Development Board will receive $150,000 in state funding for programs to prepare students for in-demand technical careers.

“This grant funding will go a long way in preparing students and young people to succeed in in-demand jobs and careers that interest them,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “The program aims to help students develop their skills through internships, mentoring, and career-development opportunities that offer hand-on scenarios and real-world experience.”

The funding, which comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Business Education Partnership Program, will be used to focus on career awareness programs, the expansion of after-school and Summer career academies, and further development of the Career Ready Chesco website.

These innovative and inspiring activities, workshops, and programs aim to increase career awareness and readiness of in-demand technical career pathways to 1,200 Chester County students and 300 parents and educators.

The grant was part of $2.4 million has been awarded to local workforce development boards across Pennsylvania.

Recently, Dinniman and West Chester University hosted a Pennsylvania Public Higher Education Funding Commission hearing which, in part, focused on the further development of technical careers and the increase of openings in positions such as nursing and home health care and the trades.