PITTSBURGH, April 4 – In their ongoing efforts to prepare students for the workforce, state Rep. Jake Wheatley and Sen. Jay Costa, both D-Allegheny, announced $250,000 in grants to go toward pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs in Allegheny County.
“Apprenticeship programs are critical in ensuring our children are trained for the jobs of tomorrow,” Wheatley said. “These grants echo the mission of the House Democrats’ Plan for PA, which is devoted to good paying jobs and quality schools that help lay the groundwork for a prosperous future.”
“This grant money is crucial for our middle-class to have the best chance at a successful career,” Costa explained. “Through apprenticeships, students acquire the necessary skills to qualify them for the evolving job climate.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded the grants through Local Workforce Development Boards across the commonwealth, which includes funds to help sponsoring organizations build capacity to improve and expand their programs.
The following are a list of grants awarded through LWDBs:
German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter – $50,000 capacity building grant;
New Century Careers – $100,000 pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship grant and $50,000 capacity building grant; and
Catalyst Connection – $50,000 capacity building grant.
In all, 61 grants totaling $3.5 million were approved to support pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs across Pennsylvania.