Matzie: $150,000 awarded to boost career ed for Beaver County students

Additional $150,000 awarded to strengthen opportunities for Allegheny students

AMBRIDGE, Feb. 1 – New grant funding of $150,000 will help boost career education to better prepare Beaver County students for good-paying, high-demand jobs, announced state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Bever/Allegheny.

Matzie said the grant to the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board would focus on efforts to provide teachers, students and parents with information on career trends, needs and gaps.

“The first steps toward a career path begin in school, so it’s important that our curriculum includes real-world, practical information that helps put students on the right path,” Matzie said. “Securing this grant for the Southwest Corner Business Education Program will fund vital connections between schools and workforce partners to ensure that our curriculum is providing students the training, preparation and opportunities they need.”

Matzie said an additional $150,000 grant to the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will allow Partner4Work to connect Allegheny County students with career and technical education programs.

Business-Education Partnership grants from the Department of Labor and Industry are funded at 100% through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.

The grants are part of a package to workforce development organizations statewide. More information on the funding is available here.