Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Workforce Development & Continuing Education administers $18-20 million annually to 2,000 Pennsylvania companies and 100,000 employees through the commonwealth's largest worker-training program, the Workforce & Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania. WEDnetPA is a partnership of 33 higher-education workforce-development organizations across the commonwealth.

The Plastics Manufacturing Center developed and offered a free, online noncredit course - Plastics 101 - for the industry and government clients; more than 100 students enrolled in the first two months. PMC also offered Global Standards for Plastics Certification training and employee certification in 20 Pennsylvania companies, certifying more than 300 employees, and awarded $215,000 in scholarship funds to 51 students enrolled in plastics programs.

WDCE entered into a partnership with Tyco Electronics Corp. to serve as an authorized training center for the company's clients. Initial target markets include Tyco's northeast and eastern sales regions covering 25 states.

The Factory Built Housing Center and Plastics SourceNet operations organized and facilitated partnership activities for industries in central Pennsylvania under state Department of Labor & Industry sponsorship. Strategic priorities were identified in each industry cluster, and targeted training topics were made available to serve specific industry needs.

Outreach for K-12

Penn College hosted a summit of the state's top education and business officials at the kickoff for a two-year project designed to link businesses and school districts to help prepare students for careers. The college received a $100,000 grant from the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp. to lead the Gold Medal Initiative: Champions for Career Development. Representatives of 32 school districts and 75 business leaders attended the summit.