House Democratic Policy Committee discusses workforce development

LANCASTER, March 6 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable to discuss workforce development at Tec Centro in Lancaster.


Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee joined Chairman Sturla, local community leaders and policy experts for a discussion on how job training and community partnerships can help workers find living-wage careers.


“We received valuable input from a diverse group of stakeholders who all have a vested interest in preparing workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Sturla said. “We learned that it really is a collaborative effort between government and private enterprises to help develop a well-rounded workforce that can meet the community’s needs at family-sustaining wages.”


He added, “Our caucus’ Plan4PA recognizes that workforce development is a key component to ensuring a strong economy with quality jobs in our state.”


Roundtable participants included: Jerry Oleksiak, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Carlos Graupera, executive director, Spanish American Civic Association; Cathy Rychalsky, executive director, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board; Bob Shoemaker, project executive, Lancaster City Alliance; Tom Baldrige, president and CEO, Lancaster Chamber; Scott Fiore, vice president/partner, TriStarr Staffing; Tyrone Works, CEO, Lancaster Works; Vanessa Philbert, household stability impact team leader, Community Action Partnership; Dr. Zoann Parker, vice president for academic affairs, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; Victor Ramos, vice president, Harrisburg Area Community College - Lancaster and Lebanon Campuses; and Matt Johnson, Mayor’s chief of staff, City of Lancaster.


Photos, video and hearing materials from today’s roundtable are available at Additional information about the Plan4PA is available at

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