Following Budget Passage, Gov. Wolf Launches PAsmart with New Investments in Job and Skills Training

Last month, PACT journeyed to Harrisburg to lobby legislative leadership for investment in computer science education. Our efforts helped make a difference, which ultimately lead to a brighter and secure future for our region’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

Harrisburg, PA – Building on his commitment to strengthen our schools, build our workforce, and grow our economy, Governor Tom Wolf outlined his PAsmart initiative in the recently enacted 2018-19 state budget. As a first-of-its-kind $30 million investment, PAsmart will support workforce development through STEM and computer science education, apprenticeships and job training.

“PAsmart is a new and innovative way of connecting people with the training they need for in-demand middle class jobs that employers need,” said Governor Wolf. “By investing in people and skills to create a strong and talented workforce we can attract more businesses to Pennsylvania and grow our economy for everyone.”

PAsmart is built on recommendations of the governor’s Middle Class Task Force, which last year brought together the leaders from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, education, and workforce development. At listening sessions throughout the commonwealth, the message was clear: there are jobs without trained people to fill them and some workers need new skills to get them, but a four-year college is not for everyone and a one-size fits-all approach will not work. Pennsylvania needs targeted investments in workforce development to strategically prepare for our economic future.

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