The Chester County Workforce Development Board will receive $135,000 in state funding for programs to connect local businesses with school districts to promote job and career opportunities.
The Business-Education Partnership grant, which comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, was part of $2.4 million in total state funding awarded to 19 recipients throughout the Commonwealth.
“The path to success in the workplace begins in the classroom,” said State Senator Andy Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee. “By coordinating efforts between educators and employers, we can ensure that our students are better prepared for innovative and rewarding career and job opportunities.”
According to Governor Tom Wolf, the funding supports the “Educator in the Workplace” initiative that connects classroom learning with relevant business practices.
“Partnering teachers with business leaders to integrate subject material with relevant work standards will help better prepare students for 21st-century careers,” said Gov. Wolf.
The Business-Education Partnerships connect schools, employers, and students to provide career-related experiences and exposure opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in the need for technical skills required by employers.