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Plan boosts Pennsylvania’s STEM jobs

Posted on June 3, 2019

A workforce plan is assisting with placement of Pennsylvania STEM jobs.

Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed¬†Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) is a bold workforce development plan to invest in Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement, and expanding job skills training for students and adults.

“Pennsylvania’s economic future depends on a well-educated and highly-trained workforce,” said Cipriani. “Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School is developing skilled workers and providing students and adult learners with the hands-on job training and STEM education they need to be successful in the 21st century economy.”

Cipriani toured some of APAVTS’s job training programs including auto body/collision repair, electrical technologies and engineering technology program labs.

Cipriani said the governor’s SWEAP plan builds on last year’s successful launch of PAsmartOpens In A New Window to create a more qualified and highly-skilled workforce. The proposed PAsmart funding includes:

  • $20 million to expand computer science and STEM education;
  • $7 million to expand registered apprenticeships;
  • $3 million to expand job training through Next Generation Industry Partnerships;
  • $6 million to expand adult career and technical education programs; and
  • $4 million to expand Manufacturing to Career Training Grants.

Other SWEAP components would enable more children to attend high-quality child care; ensure kids are in school age 6 and stay until age 18; modernize the minimum teacher salary to help address a teacher shortage; expand opportunities for teachers to visit local employers and bring the experience back to the classroom, and increase job training for low-income parents.

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