HARRISBURG – A $200,000 Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career (MTTC) state grant has been awarded to the Indiana County Technology Center (ICTC), according to Sen. Joe Pittman (R-41) and Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-62).
The grant will be used to support a new Electrical Occupations Program, which will be available to all high school students in grades 10 through 12 in Indiana County.
Pittman and Struzzi emphasized the need for building a robust workforce in Pennsylvania through support of training initiatives and implementing statewide legislation and policies to create a stronger commonwealth.
“I applaud the Indiana County Technology Center for their innovation and collaborative work to identify and teach missing essential skills for many entry-level applicants,” Pittman said. “Creating a strong and diverse workforce is crucial to the success of our region. Training offered through the Electrical Occupations Program will allow students to go into the workforce, get family-sustaining jobs right out of the gate and not be burdened with thousands of dollars of educational debt in the process.”
“ICTC is in the full-time business of helping our young people connect with the working world and much-needed jobs. This is great news for Indiana County students and our business community,” said Struzzi, who himself earned a technical school degree in electrical wiring. “This grant is an example of how CTCs can be sensitive to needs in the current work environment and adapt accordingly.”
Overseen by the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), Training-to-Career Grants support projects that result in short-term work-readiness, job placement or the advancement of the manufacturing industry. The mission of this program is to work collaboratively with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing essential skills for entry-level applicants for existing or near-future open positions, engage youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and or advance capacity for local or regional manufacturers.
Questions about this or any state government issue should be directed to Struzzi’s Indiana district office at 724-465-0220.
Representative Jim Struzzi
62nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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