From the Daily American
Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday announced the approval of new funding through the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career Grant Program to assist the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center in the creation of two new welding training programs in the region.
The programs were created as the result of collaboration with regional manufacturers in the private sector who determined that the supply of welders in the area was not meeting the high demand in the region.
The grant will provide a total of $300,000 in funding to the center for the creation of two separate welding training programs, both called “Learn Where You Earn.” The first program will be offered in Bedford County and provide a 720-hour welding training to adults at a satellite campus within the facilities of Mission Critical. The Bedford program is expected to provide 25 people with high-level welding certifications. The second program will be offered in Somerset County and will provide a 200-hour metal inert gas welding training at a satellite campus within J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers. The Somerset program is expected to provide 40 job seekers with MIG welding credentials.
The Training-to-Career grant is one of three components of Wolf’s Manufacturing PA Initiative, which was launched in October.
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