Longietti, Sainato: $150,000 grant will provide real-world career planning

Will help students shape a career path forward

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – Students searching for the right career path in Mercer and Lawrence counties will be gaining real-world experience to shape their decisions, thanks to $150,000 in grant funding, state Reps. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

The lawmakers said that the Business-Education Partnership Grant to West Central Career Connections, serving Mercer and Lawrence counties, will fund students’ visits to jobsites and other real-world connections to help guide their career choices.

“Securing this funding is going to allow students, parents and educators to connect directly with local businesses in key, high-demand areas, so students can see firsthand how their own interests and skills translate to the workforce,” Longietti said. “That real-world experience will be incredibly valuable in helping them shape academic and career plans.”

Sainato said, “Choosing a career path is one of life’s most important decisions, and students need relevant, accurate information to inform those decisions. The funding awarded today will allow students to visit workplaces, ask questions, and gain insights into where they belong in the working world.”

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.