$150,000 grant to Lancaster County Workforce Development Board will be used to bring back industry tours for teachers and create new summer camps to expose students to potential careers in healthcare and manufacturing.
The grant is part of a $3 million business-education partnership distribution recently announced by the state Department of Labor and Industry. Lancaster was one of 22 statewide workforce development organizations that received federal funds made available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.
The money will support Career Ready Lancaster from the workforce council! the partnership’s three-year strategic plan to connect students to career paths in the county.
In its grant application, the Workforce Development Council said it plans to bring back Educator Industry Tours in partnership with Lancaster Chamber. Local businesses would host educators on visits followed by training facilitated by the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 to incorporate learning from their experiences.
The grant would also support summer camps to expose Lancaster youth to careers in healthcare, manufacturing and construction in partnership with the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center and ABC Keystone. The camps aim to increase diversity in these areas.
As requested by Career Ready Lancaster, the grant will also support:
Further defining career paths in the manufacturing and healthcare industries in Lancaster through the Employer Action Team working with the Lancaster County Regional Analysis Center Economic Development Corporation. Then contact schools, job seekers, parents and guardians to explain the opportunities.
Lancaster County students enrolled in a manufacturing pre-apprenticeship hosted by the Manufacturer’s Association of South Central PA.
Development of a 3-year strategic and sustainability plan for Career Ready Lancaster! this includes improving cross-sector collaboration and clear, measurable goals and transparency.