Conklin: $121,000 investment to prepare, educate local students for high growth jobs

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board has received a $121,080 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to connect local businesses and students to better prepare them for high demand careers.

State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, said the Business-Education Partnership funds will be used by the board to educate and increase awareness of career opportunities and experiences among students, parents, teachers and school faculty. In addition, the grant will be used to address gaps that exist between education and employers, with the goal of better preparing students for regional career and employment educational opportunities.

“This funding will provide students with the experience and skills they need to succeed in the local workforce, and will also provide a pathway for businesses in our area to reach out with students and school districts and spur further opportunities, with the ultimate goal of spurring economic growth and development locally,” Conklin said.

"This grant will go a long way to help students and their parents to learn more about their career options after high school,” Conklin said. “I’m pleased the funding will also provide avenues for businesses in our area to reach out to students and school districts to learn about the jobs that are in demand.”

The BEP grants are 100 percent federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. For more information about these awards, please visit the following link: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Documents/2019-2020%20BEP%20Awardees.pdf.