The governor’s office announced on March 4, 2021, that the Lancaster County Career & Technology Foundation, in partnership with the LancasterMakes committee, will receive $187,000 in grant funding. This grant is to “promote manufacturing careers and support and prepare students throughout the process of training and obtaining employment.”
LCCTF Executive Director, Jennifer Baker, says that the grant will fund endeavors to “connect with every middle schooler in Lancaster County to provide them with knowledge and experiences of the many career pathways in manufacturing.”
The release from Governor Wolfe’s office explained that the funding will “boost manufacturing awareness” for students in Lancaster County. The state’s Manufacturing Training-to-Career program will also work to drive awareness and opportunities of careers within manufacturing.
Director Baker explained in the governor’s press release that “the LCCTF is extremely honored to be awarded this grant to expand on our efforts of creating career exploration events and public awareness of Lancaster’s high priority trade and technical occupations.” She added that this project will also allow the Foundation to strengthen partnerships with local manufacturing businesses and provide them with opportunity to meet and engage with the county’s future workforce.
The release also stated that agencies in Lehigh County are also receiving similar state grant funds to accomplish the same goals of increased awareness of manufacturing options in the region.