Sen. Yaw: Funding Awarded Locally for Job Training by Businesses Seeking Skilled Workers

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) this week applauded $511,800 in PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership grants awarded to bolster workforce development in and around the 23rd Senatorial District.

The Next Generation Industry Partnership grants bring together multiple employers in the same industry to collectively provide targeted job training so that students, workers, and job seekers get the skills for good jobs in those industries.

“These grants will boost workforce readiness and provide our area businesses with the skilled workers they need,” Sen. Yaw said.  “These are exactly the kind of projects we should be supporting.”

Since 2018, $88 million through the PAsmart has been awarded. The initiative provided $28 million to expand job training through registered apprenticeships and industry partnerships and $60 million to support STEM and computer science education in hundreds of schools across Pennsylvania.

This funding is in addition to $6.5 million in PAsmart grants awarded to expand apprenticeship job training. Those grants support registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship through ambassador networks, build a diverse talent pipeline while expanding non-traditional registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships and build diversity within the construction and building trades.

The following PAsmart grant winners and amounts were awarded.

Central PA Healthcare Partnership (Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union – $233,800)

The partnership’s action teams are focusing on advocacy efforts, increasing coordination with the K-12 system, and developing a workforce pilot program to align with the goals of Pennsylvania, regional, and local plans. 

Made in Central PA (Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union – $250,000)

This partnership is focused on three primary business driven priorities including marketing the Central PA region, promoting business-to-business networking, and developing a skilled workforce. Business leaders are working to increase collaboration with public partners and building better connections with schools to create a pipeline of workers with the foundational and technical (STEM) skills they need in their companies.

Northern Tier Diversified Manufacturing Next Gen Industry Partnership (Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming – $28,000)

This partnership is focused on creating a strategic plan and developing training opportunities for workers in the manufacturing sector. By connecting employers to resources available throughout the region, including PREP, Engage!, and Northern Tier Apprenticeship, this partnership will work to meet the emerging needs of manufacturers in the Northern Tier.

To view full details, visit PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership Grants.

For more state-related news and information visit Senator Yaw’s website at or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.


Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff

(717) 787-3280

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