Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry named 15 Business-Education Partnership (BEP) Program grant recipients on Monday, totaling $1.6 million.
BEP aims to connect local businesses with school districts through programs that enable students to gain real-world professional experience and exposure to opportunities via skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and mentoring.
"The BEP grant program is another great example of work-force development and business partnerships that can create middle-class jobs in Pennsylvania," Wolf said. "These will work toward strengthening the ties between the Commonwealth's business communities and schools, and will allow Pennsylvania students the opportunity to explore potential careers in depth."
Since the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the Commonwealth has allocated funds annually to help steer young people toward career tracks. This year, the state has set aside $2.2 million, to be awarded in $100,000 amounts to each of 22 Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBs).
"Labor & Industry (L&I) is proud to be able to facilitate this funding and to foster the essential relationship between students and employers," L&I Acting Secretary Kathy Manderino said. "Getting Pennsylvania's young people started out on the right foot in their careers is an important first step, and the Business-Education Partnership program is an excellent tool in that effort."
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