State of Pennsylvania

01/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 07:35

Press Release

Lansdale, PA - Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today toured North Montco Technical Career Center in Lansdale to talk with students and instructors, and discuss the importance of expanding STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and job training to build the strongest workforce in the nation.

'It's so important for those of us in state government to get out of Harrisburg and meet the people on the other end of our investments,' said Oleksiak. 'I am truly impressed by the students, instructors, and programs at schools like North Montco Technical Career Center.

Career and technical education is crucial in giving students a strong skills foundation and placing them firmly on the path to career success.'

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.

Oleksiak visited some of North Montco Technical Career Center's job training programs and observed students in the carpentry and welding labs. He also toured the mechatronics lab and discussed the school's plans to expand the program to meet the needs of local employers.

'The Pennsylvania economy is dependent on a skilled, motivated workforce,' said North Montco Technical Career Center's Administrative Director Gina Pardovich. 'North Montco Technical Career Center is committed to provide students with the opportunity to be part of a thriving economy, by securing high-skilled, high-wage careers.'

The North Montco Technical Career Center delivers quality technical and academic programs that meet the needs of its students and prospective employers. In addition to technical training, the center provides academic courses to its full-time students and serves approximately 1,100 students from the Methacton, North Penn, Perkiomen Valley, Souderton Area, and Wissahickon School Districts.

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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