Tour highlights Pennsylvania STEM jobs
Posted on September 3, 2018
A visit to a local company by city officials is highlighting the importance of continued creation of STEM jobs in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, L&I Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani and Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Carol Kilko visited KCF Technologies in State College, highlighting Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart investments in apprenticeship programs and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to help job seekers obtain good, middle-class jobs in 21st century careers.
“KCF Technologies a great example of the type of high-tech, skilled STEM jobs available in Pennsylvania,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “Employers across the commonwealth need trained and skilled workers to support their growing businesses, and Governor Wolf’s PAsmart investments will help Pennsylvanians gain the real-world skills they require to meet employers’ needs.”
PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $30 million investment, is a new way of thinking about job training and workforce development by providing targeted funding for apprenticeship programs, STEM education, computer science, and more, so students and workers get the training and skills needed for in-demand, middle-class jobs.
KCF Technologies was founded in November 2000 by three researchers from Penn State University and specializes in wireless sensors, energy harvesting, underwater navigation and smart material devices.
Wolf administration officials toured KCF Technologies, including the Engineer, Analyst, and Software workspaces. KCF Technologies develops and commercializes products and solutions for industry and the military. Their immediate proximity to the Pennsylvania State University allows for a constant dialogue and two-way transfer of technology. The company is also actively involved in a number of research projects with the university. KCF is an expanding employer hiring local workers in the State College area and anticipates growing significantly in the coming year; with multiple open positions in both the engineering and software fields.
“Finding and hiring staff that not only have the technical but also the people skills is vital to our business staying competitive and essential to the health of the American manufacturing economy as a whole,” said KCF Technologies President and Co-Founder Jeremy Frank. “We need initiatives that elevate our Pennsylvania workers in the same way we at KCF elevate our customers and employees.”