Burns: $200,000 state grant for Greater Johnstown CTC manufacturing program

Funding will help pay for equipment, support, scholarships, and internships

EBENSBURG, April 21 – Building on his efforts to bolster the local economy, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced a $200,000 state grant for the Greater Johnstown CTC to fund an advanced manufacturing education program for students.

“This program will connect kids with local manufacturers and give them the career and technical training they need to graduate and immediately join the workforce,” Burns said. “This is not only a win for the kids who participate, but also for local employers who will have a trained workforce that's ready to go.”

The state grant, awarded through the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career program, will fund phase two of the CTC’s innovative Advanced Manufacturing and Programming Education program, which began in July 2019 in partnership with area companies JWF Industries and Mission Critical Solutions. Three more companies will join the program for phase two: J&J Truck Bodies, Master Machine, and Rockwood Manufacturing. The MTTC grant award of $200,000 will be used to pay for equipment, instructional support, tuition scholarships and the internships.

 The program will enroll 16 people between two cohorts.

“This grant will create a great opportunity for students enrolled at the CTC, to get direct, hands-on training with the latest technology,” Burns said. “I’ve supported this program since it started, and I’m always looking for ways that we can work together as a region to boost our economy and create good, family sustaining jobs. This is how we will grow our area’s population."