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_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF), thursday announced that the next edition of its premier tournament after the one in Cameroon will hold in June/July of 2023.According to the acting scribe of CAF, Abel Bah, the event would hold at a different calendar from the AFCON 2022 in Cameroon. The preference of January/February date for the edition in Cameroon is because of weather situation of the Central African country.The timing of the competition has been the subject of speculation after President Ahmad stated in June that it would take place in 2023 while saying he ‘did not know what month’. “As of today, the 2023 Nations Cup is planned for June/July because, to make it clear, in the regulations we have decided to play all Nations Cups in June/July,” Bah told BBC Sport Africa.In 2017, CAF decided to schedule all future Nations Cup for these months, enshrining the change in its tournament regulations.The next Nations Cup will take place in January 2022 however owing to unfavourable weather conditions in Cameroon in June and July, when the host country suffers some of the wettest months of the year.“The Nations Cup in Cameroon, after the request of the authorities, was postponed to January/February,” added Bah.“As of today, we haven’t received the same request from Ivorian authorities.”Given that Cote d’ivoire suffers its wettest month of the year in June, such a request should not be ruled out.However a move to earlier dates in 2023 could prove difficult as the 2022 World Cup will be played between 21 November and 18 December.With a Nations Cup in early 2022 and mid-2023, and the 2022 World Cup it means some of Africa’s leading footballers could play three major tournaments in the space of 18 months.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


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first_imgA double overtime game-winner saw the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (7-5-2, 4-2 Big Ten) upset No. 18 Michigan (9-4-1, 3-2-1 Big Ten) at the McClimon Complex Friday.Freshman Noah Melick was the man to send the fans home happy when his 107th-minute strike sailed past Michigan goalkeeper Henry Mashburn and into the back of the net. The late winner adds to Melick’s fine run of attacking form — his third goal in three games.The match was tightly contested throughout as Wisconsin battled hard to fight off the attacking advances from their highly ranked opponent. Michigan applied plenty of pressure, especially in the second half when they had 10 shots to Wisconsin’s three.Men’s soccer: Badgers can’t tame Nittany Lions in tightly contested road matchAfter their match against Green Bay was cancelled, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (6-5-2, 3-2 Big Ten) looked Read…But Badger goalkeeper Dean Cowdroy and his defense were up to the task and remained staunch, refusing to let Michigan in, with Cowdroy posting his sixth shutout of the season.In a post-match conversation with UW Athletics Wisconsin head coach John Trask was full of praise for his defense.“We pressed the game in overtime because I knew our backs wouldn’t get beat in the air or on the ground,” Trask said. “That’s how much confidence I have in that back four in tough situations.”The Badgers were physical throughout, with referee Calin Radosav calling 20 fouls on the home side, to go along with 13 on their opponents, no cards were brandished however.Football: Deal, Taylor lead Badgers to dominant 49–20 win over IllinoisIllinois had to have had just about the worst Madison experience possible Saturday. An away game versus a ranked opponent Read…Wisconsin’s gritty defense in the face of a daunting Michigan attack — who had registered 28 goals in 11 outings prior to the match — allowed their own attack a platform on which they could seal the victory in double overtime. A point that was reiterated by head coach John Trask.“There is something special about a team that can win games in overtime — it’s very hard to do,” Trask said. “To pitch a shutout against that team and give our attack a shot to score a goal was simply outstanding.”The victory leaves Wisconsin sitting third in the Big Ten standings with two fixtures remaining on their schedule. They travel to Northwestern (4-7-5, 0-4-3 Big Ten) Wednesday and then return home against The Ohio State (1-12-2, 0-5-1 Big Ten) to conclude the regular season Sunday.last_img read more