Comitta, Sappey applaud $150K Business-Education Partnership grant awarded to Chester County Workforce Development Board

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 16 — State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey today announced that the Chester County Workforce Development Board has been awarded $150,000 to help businesses and school districts work together to better prepare students for in-demand careers.

“I’m thankful that our community’s next generation of workers will have extensive opportunities to learn about the multitude of careers available to them,” Comitta said. “This is a promising investment into the future of our commonwealth, our job market and our students.”

“While I believe strongly in learning for learning’s sake, it is important to offer opportunities for children and youth to explore different careers, which in turn better prepare tomorrow’s workforce,” Sappey said.

The Department of Labor & Industry awarded $2.4 million for Business-Education Partnership grants to 19 local workforce development boards across the commonwealth. The partnerships will connect schools, employers and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of preparing students for good local jobs.

The Business-Education Partnership grants from L&I are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.

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