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Inaugural Workforce Forum Program

THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD, CHARTER MEMBER OF THE FORUM ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION LEADERS ATTEND INAUGURAL WORKFORCE PROGRAM.
County Group to Help Students Find Pathways to College, Career, and High-Demand Occupations.

Leaders from the 17 school districts in Westmoreland County, along with its three Career and Technology Centers, have come together with public officials and representatives from business and industry, economic development, and colleges and universities to promote career awareness, exploration, preparation, and development programs for students. They are emphasizing an understanding of high-demand occupations such as energy; engineering and technology manufacturing; business, finance, and information technology; health, education, and human services; homeland and international security, national and international government agency services; and environmental education, protection, and safety.

The Forum’s goals are to:
 •  Change the regional culture to support Career Education and Work Standards.
 •  Create a sustainable infrastructure that aligns educational resources to respond to economic and community opportunities
 •  Develop a replicable county model based on the Pennsylvania Career Education and Work Standards

“We need to fix the misalignment between education and workforce, and supply our companies with the skills that they need to stay here, to thrive here and to grow here,” said Mr. James L. Smith, President & CEO of the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland. “Tonight’s program, crafted and shaped by the talented men and women in this room, offers the first steps toward that goal.”

A video was prepared to capture the Forum’s mission to help to overcome the “skills gap” between what local employers need and what local residents can provide.  The website is provided below.

https://goanimate.com/videos/0r_SlOxcZQd4?utm_source=linkshare&utm_medium=linkshare&utm_campaign=usercontent

 
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