Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today visited the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (CTC) in Willow Street to highlight Governor Tom Wolf’s innovative PAsmart initiative to help local employers find the skilled workers and prepare students with the hands-on training to start their career or continue their education after high school.
“Pennsylvania businesses need more skilled workers with the hands-on experiences that vocational training from career and technical centers provide,” said Cipriani. “CTCs like Lancaster County’s provide a great education that prepare students for good jobs that we need in Pennsylvania. That’s why Governor Wolf created PAsmart – to invest in science and technical education, job training, and career readiness programs that will help our workers succeed.”
Investing in job training for high growth careers is a priority of the Wolf Administration. In the 2018-19 state budget, Governor Wolf secured a $10 million increase for career and technical education (CTE), the first increase in a decade.
Since Governor Wolf took office, the number of CTE students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 32.2 percent and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has increased by 28.4 percent.
Governor Wolf also championed the PAsmart initiative, which is a new and innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and business to expand innovative job training and career education so workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy.
During the visit, Cipriani toured several job training programs, including health, transportation, construction and culinary careers, and the sports medicine & rehabilitation, automotive technology and veterinary assistant programs. She talked with students about the skills they are learning to get good jobs in the region, as well as the partnerships with local employers.
A partnership between Pet Pantry of Lancaster and the veterinary assistant program gives students experience with prepping animals for surgery, as well as the opportunity to watch surgeries. Lancaster CTC is also partnering with Air Products for their diesel program, who is donating a vehicle.
“We at LCCTC are honored to showcase our excellent career and technical programs, and the opportunities our school provides for our students, our sending districts and business and industry partners. We are passionate advocates for, and believe in the power of career and technical education. Career and Technical Education provides positive career pathways for our students, and strengthens our regional workforce and economy,” said Lancaster County CTC Director Dr. Stuart Savin. “The LCCTC sincerely appreciates and acknowledges Deputy Secretary Cipriani’s support and attention to career and technical education centers in Pennsylvania.”
Lancaster County CTC is one of the largest technical schools operating in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The school features state-of-the-art training technology and first-class training facilities for the 21 programs they offer. The school operates from five separate campus locations under one administration, with each campus offering specialty centers. Their programs reflect the employment needs of the Greater Lancaster County Region, offering specialized associate degrees and a variety of educational opportunities and avenues open to secondary students and adults.
“Pennsylvania’s businesses are growing and need skilled workers, and workers want the education and training necessary for jobs in today’s economy,” said Cipriani. “In our mission to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce through initiatives such as PAsmart, Lancaster County CTC and their employer partners are providing Pennsylvania students with the opportunity to learn both the technical and soft skills that businesses need.”
To more effectively deliver workforce development services to Pennsylvanians, Governor Wolf recently signed an executive order to cut red tape and improve coordination between several state agencies. Under the executive order, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board (PA WDB), the governor’s private sector policy advisor, will provide recommendations on the distribution of the $30 million in PAsmart funding, which will be driven out through competitive grants. This collaboration will help to ensure the investments meet employers’ need for skilled workers and that workers are gaining the skills for good, middle-class jobs that will grow Pennsylvania’s economy.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.