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12/09/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/09/2019 14:37

L&I Discusses Importance of STEM Education and Job Training During Tour of Technical College High School in Chester County

L&I Discusses Importance of STEM Education and Job Training During Tour of Technical College High School in Chester County

West Grove, PA - Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today toured Technical College High School (TCHS) Pennock's Bridge Campus in West Grove to talk with students about their career goals and discuss the importance of expanding job training so workers have the skills to compete for good jobs in growing careers.

'Promoting career and technical education programs like these at TCHS ensures we have a job-ready workforce to meet local employers' needs,' said Oleksiak. 'In addition to academic proficiency, the center provided hands-on training on industry-grade equipment to build a firm foundation for successful careers or post-secondary education upon graduation.'

Governor Tom Wolf's nationally-leading workforce development initiative, PAsmartOpens In A New Window, is preparing Pennsylvania students and workers for fast growing careers. The governor secured $70 million for PAsmart over two years, including $40 million for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and $30 million for apprenticeships and job training programs.

The governor's commitment to boosting skills training across the commonwealth has also:

  • Increased the number of career and technical education (CTE) students earning industry-recognized credentials to 34.2%
  • Increased the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs by 27.2%.

Oleksiak visited some of TCHS Pennock's Bridge Campus' job training programs and observed students in the Health Career Pathways program practicing human health screenings, students in the Engineering and Robotics program operating a 3D printer and robotic equipment, and Veterinary Science students caring for Yukon, a disabled, retired police dog.

'It is an honor to have Secretary Oleksiak visit our Technical College High School Pennock's Bridge Campus,' Chester County Intermediate Unit Executive Director Dr. George F. Fiore. 'The support we have received from Secretary Oleksiak and Governor Wolf has provided more Chester County students with access to in-demand career training through the Chester County Intermediate Unit career and technical education programs.

'The building of TCHS Pennock's Bridge Campus over a decade ago represented the first time that students in the southern part of Chester County had access to local career and technical education. Ten years later, we continue to work with our elected officials to make sure that every student in Chester County and beyond has access to a high-quality career and technical education which provides students with a vast array of pathways to explore their future goals,' Dr. Fiore added.

The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) is an educational service agency that provides quality, cost-effective services to the community and its residents. The CCIU administers instructional, enrichment and administrative programs and services to Chester County's 12 public school districts and to over 45 private and parochial schools in the county.

TCHS Pennock's Bridge Campus is composed of traditional high school career and technical programs, traditional college courses through Delaware County Community College, and new dual-enrollment classes that blended high school and for-credit college courses. TCHS Pennock's Bridge Campus was the first career and technical center in the state to implement such an integrated approach to education when it was opened in 2008.

For more information about grant opportunities as well as pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmartOpens In A New Window.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Theresa Elliott or Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or [email protected]

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