State of Pennsylvania

01/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 15:18

Northampton Co. Students, L&I Celebrate PAsmart investments in Job Skills Training

Northampton Co. Students, L&I Celebrate PAsmart investments in Job Skills Training

Bethlehem, PA - Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Director for Workforce Development Ruben Pachay today toured Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School (BAVTS) in Northampton County to talk with students and instructors, and discuss the importance of expanding STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and job training to help build the strongest workforce in the nation.

'Students at BAVTS are receiving education and hands-on training to become the world-class workforce the Lehigh Valley needs,' said Pachay. 'Investing in career and technical education programs is a priority for Governor Wolf, because students build a strong foundation for success and local employers get the job-ready workforce that will help them thrive.'

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 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 percent.
  • Increased the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs by 27.2 percent.

Pachay visited some of BAVTS's job training programs, including the Industrial Design/Advanced Manufacturing and Electronics Technology/Mechatronics labs. He was able to observe students practicing with digital electronics, series and parallel circuits, milling, lathes, drill presses, and various construction skills applied on the renovation of a stone farm house.

'The Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School continues to evolve to ensure that students are ready for the 21st Century workforce,' said Executive Director Adam Lazarchak. 'Regardless of which pathway they choose, college, career, or military our programs provide a ladder of success for our graduates after high school.'

The Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School is an educational partnership with the Bethlehem Area, Northampton Area, and Saucon Valley school districts. BAVTS serves approximately 1,300 students on a half-day delivery system through career and technical instruction in twenty-six (26) unique programs of study within seven career clusters.

BAVTS is a student-centered career and technical facility working to meet the needs of a diverse student population through challenging, integrated educational experiences of curriculum and community support.

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: Lindsay Bracale or Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or [email protected]

# # #