Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Get Rural Students Involved in Manufacturing and Robotics This Summer

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Get Rural Students Involved in Manufacturing and Robotics This Summer Economy,  Education,  Innovation,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for Bridge Builders Community Foundations to get students in rural areas of Northwest Pennsylvania involved in educational summer workshops focused around manufacturing and to increase student interest in robotics. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.“When we get rural students involved in STEM and manufacturing, we’re not just promoting opportunities for their future careers – we’re helping Northwest Pennsylvania’s entire advanced manufacturing and robotics sector,” said Governor Wolf. “We will remain committed to supporting programs like this that help reduce the skills gap and strengthen the commonwealth’s workforce.”The $188,300 grant will support Bridge Builders’ Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative. This program collaborates with local manufacturers to offer “school to work” summer workshops for students to meet the manufacturers, explore mentorship opportunities, and learn essential skills that will enable the students to land family-sustaining manufacturing jobs after graduation. Manufacturing partners include Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating, Komatsu Mining, Miller Fabrication Solutions, and Kronospan. Additionally, the funding will enable rural schools to start their own teams to compete in the annual VEX Competition, the largest middle and high school STEM robotics program in the world. In the VEX Competition, teams of students design robots to complete complex challenges faster than opposing teams.“We’re grateful to the Wolf Administration for this investment into NWPA that will create opportunities for its students immediately,” said Jill Foys, executive director of the Northwest Commission and steering committee member of the Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative. “The summer camp will allow students to be taught by VEX Trainers and be engaged with our regional industry partners as well as those from workforce and economic development. They create a platform for students to develop skills that manufacturers say are important to them when selecting new hires including communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, critical thinking and initiation of ideas.”The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers.The Training-to-Career grant is part of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.In the 2019-2020 Executive Budget, Governor Wolf proposed the new Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) to provide workforce development opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP will expand access to early childhood education, increase investments in schools and educators, and further partner with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative. Through SWEAP and PAsmart, the governor is calling for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.center_img May 28, 2019last_img read more


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first_img Currently Things to know for Thursday Today is Thursday, November 29 and Metro Boston has pulled together a list of 12 fun things to do in Boston this weekend. Here’s what else you need to know for today…Notable News:How to Celebrate Hanukkah in BostonHanukkah starts at sundown this Sunday and whether you’re hosting parties or planning a holiday outing, check out Eater Boston’s list of how to celebrate Hanukkah in Boston.*Advertisement* Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Currentlycenter_img Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting:6 Tons.35 Feet Wide.60 Feet Tall.150,000 Lights.The tallest decorated tree in New England is lit at Faneuil Hall for the holiday season! pic.twitter.com/557Kp2Yx1I— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) November 28, 2018Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Friday, November 301:00PM Friday Films at the North End Library: Pre-Code Hollywood. Join the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street for their November film series: Pre-Code Hollywood. This week’s film is I’m No Angel, see additional details here.5:00PM North End Holiday Shopping Stroll. Fifteen boutiques and shops in the neighborhood are staying open late for a night of holiday shopping and fun. Many venues will be serving up tasty refreshments and offering great discounts! The stroll is a great way to discover our vibrant historical neighborhood! Read more here.Saturday, December 19:30AM Traditions of the Season. Join the Paul Revere House in celebrating the holiday season in the style of colonial Bostonians with 18th century music, culinary delights, and crafts, see additional details here.11:00AM Holiday Luncheon at the North End Library. Join the Friends of the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street for their annual community holiday luncheon, see additional details here.2:00PM Santa Paws. Join the North End RUFF group at the North End Dog Park for a visit with Santa, see additional details here.3:00PM NEMPAC & CWT Present “A Christmas Carol”. Join NEMPAC at the Charlestown Working Theater for a youth holiday production of A Christmas Carol, see additional details here.4:00PM Santa Skate & Toy Drive. Join Santa and his North End elves at the Steriti Rink on Commercial Street for the annual Columbus Day Committee’s Santa Skate and Toy Drive! Enjoy skating, holiday music & caroling, face painting, refreshments, and a try your luck at a raffle, see additional details here.6:00PM Eric Dregni – You’re Sending Me Where? Stop by I AM Books at 189 North Street where Eric Dregni discusses his book You’re Sending Me Where?From the Community: An Evening of Celebration and Support at the Grolier… Featuring Poet TINO VILLANUEVA, Reading from GROLIER POETRY PRESS book “So Spoke Penelope”Our gathering, which features poet Tino Villanueva, reading from his Grolier Poetry Press book So Spoke Penelope, is a night that honors our legacy of bringing poets and those who love poetry together, so as to explore ideas and experience the power of poetry’s unifying voice to connect us ever more deeply, continue reading.Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast: Currentlylast_img read more