New Funding for Brockway Area School District to Prepare Jefferson County Students for Manufacturing Careers

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Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for Brockway Area School District through Pennsylvania Manufacturing Assistant Career Training Program (MTTC) to better prepare students for a career in machining or fabrication after graduation.

“Technology is an integral part of manufacturing,” Governor Wolf said. “As technology continues to advance, it is in the interests of the Commonwealth to keep our students at the forefront. Ensuring young adults are as prepared as possible to enter the workforce will help maintain manufacturing as one of Pennsylvania’s key industries.

The $25,092 in MTTC funding will be used to purchase a computer numerical control (CNC) router, which will allow Brockway Jr./Sr. High School to provide their students with hands-on, real-world experience using the machines and programs they will encounter in an industrial environment. The CNC Router will help students learn new skills while improving and reinforcing the skills they currently use in the classroom, such as programming, engineering, woodworking, layout, computer-aided design ( CAD), etc. Additionally, the CNC Router will allow students to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of projects they have already created.

“Even though Brockway is a small, rural school, we are able to provide our students with a new experience that will help them better prepare to enter the workforce or enter trade school,” said Kyle Norman, Brockway school district agricultural education teacher. “Through this scholarship, our students can get the training they need to be competitive in the job market after high school.

Brockway Jr./Sr. High School works closely with industries and their community through their school-work program. The manufacturing and woodworking industries specifically need highly skilled and experienced people to operate machinery. All aspects of manufacturing in these industries rely heavily on CNC machines.

At Governor Wolf’s PA Manufacturing Initiative was launched in October 2017 and has since funded 69 projects and invested more than $15.4 million under the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program.

Career Training Grants support projects that result in short-term job readiness, job placement, or manufacturing advancement. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program works with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing critical skills to entry-level candidates seeking employment in manufacturing, engaging youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and/or advancing the capacity of local or regional manufacturers.

For more information on the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development website website.

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