Pittsburgh, PA − April 3, 2018 − Today Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. announced the award of nearly $250,000 in state funding for apprenticeship and job training projects in Allegheny County.

“Apprenticeships are a valuable, accessible tool for reaching a middle-class career,” said Senator Costa. “Programs like those supported with these grants can equip someone with the skills they need for industries that are hiring in our area. Apprenticeship centers are improving our workforce, reducing turnover, and placing people in good-paying jobs; they are exactly the kind of projects we should be supporting at the state level.”

In Senator Costa’s district, the following organizations will receive grants:

  • New Century Careers will receive $100,000 for apprenticeship programs and $50,000 for capacity building
  • Catalyst Connections will receive $50,000 for capacity building
  • The University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center will receive $49,495 for capacity building

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded the grants through Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) across Pennsylvania. The grants provide funding for pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs, and help sponsoring organizations build capacity to improve and expand their programs.

There were 28 grants totaling $2 million awarded to support pre-apprenticeship programs that are actively working with registered apprenticeship programs, or apprenticeship programs that are already registered in Pennsylvania.