WEDnetPA Grant Program Trains One Million PA Workers

On May 31, Governor Corbett publicly announced a significant workforce training milestone for the Commonwealth.  The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA) has invested in its one-millionth trainee in Pennsylvania.  The governor’s press release can be found at newpa.com/newsroom and wednetpa.com.

Funded through the Department of Community and Economic Development, WEDnetPA is a unique partnership of community colleges, state system universities and other educational institutions that was created to deliver the Commonwealth’s Guaranteed Free Training program.  As Pennsylvania’s premier incumbent worker training initiative, WEDnetPA has helped 17,000 manufacturers and technology-based businesses to improve their employee’s skills and strengthen their competitive positions.

As a WEDnetPA partner, Montgomery County Community College’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD) works with local companies to assess their training needs, develop training plans, submit funding applications and find qualified training providers.  The CWD assists companies each step of the way to ensure they receive training outcomes that have a real and positive impact.

Some of the local companies the College has assisted include ASI Technologies, Inc. in Montgomeryville, which has received more than $10,000 in WEDnetPA funds over the last decade; Electro-Soft, Inc. in Montgomeryville, which has received $45,000 in WEDnetPA funds over the last eight years, and for which the College is a preferred training supplier; LCR Electronics, Inc. in Norristown, which has received close to $60,000 in WEDnetPA funds over the past decade, and for which the College has provided custom training; Performance Controls, Inc. in Montgomeryville, which  has received $30,000 in WEDnetPA funds over eight years, and for which the College is a preferred training supplier; and  Stein Seal Company in Kulpsville, which has received $60,000 in WEDnetPA funding over the last eight years, and for which the College has provided custom training.

Brook Hunt, director of the College’s Center for Workforce Development, looks forward to discussing ways that local companies can benefit from this premier training grant program. For information, contact him at 215-641-6331 or visit mc3.edu/cwd.

College President Dr. Karen Stout with Governor Corbett at the May 31 WEDnetPA press conference.

College President Dr. Karen Stout with Governor Corbett at the May 31 WEDnetPA press conference. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

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