Humboldt Park Association members learned about an Industry Partnership grant for the Logistics and Transportation sectors that’s valued at more than $50,000 and received the latest updates to the Humboldt Industrial Park’s Emergency Preparedness Plan during a meeting earlier this month at McCann School of Business and Technology in Hazle Township.
Pennsylvania CareerLink® Luzerne County Administrator Christine Jensen announced that PA CareerLink® Luzerne County, along with the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment board, recently received a $55,000 Industry Partnership Grant for the Logistics and Transportation industry that will provide businesses in those sectors with partial funding for training in high-priority occupations. As a result of the grant, employers can receive up to a 65 percent cost reimbursement on training programs for their existing workforce.
The grant is available to train employees in a variety of positions, including light and heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers, maintenance and repair workers, forklift operators, bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, industrial electricity operators, industrial motor controls operators and programmable logic controllers. The grant is available through June 30. Funding is also available for the manufacturing industry.
Pennsylvania has possessed a reputation as a prime location for companies in the manufacturing industry for decades. This was most evident when the Commonwealth ranked in the top 10 in several categories in two national polls of the top manufacturing states and locations. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) followed up these national rankings with a regional analysis of the manufacturing industry that shows the current and future benefits for companies located in the region.
In Business Facilities’ 2016 Annual Rankings Report, Pennsylvania ranked in the top 10 across five crucial industry categories, including manufacturing, infrastructure and exports. PA placed sixth in the “Top Manufacturing States” category, which measures employment totals for manufacturing jobs; fifth in the “Infrastructure Upgrades” category and 10th in the “Exports” category.
With technological advances in the manufacturing industry growing at an exponential rate, it’s more important than ever for employers to have access to multiple educational and training options that will provide the qualified and skilled workforce base they need to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Several colleges and universities within minutes of Greater Hazleton offer educational and customized training programs that are ideal for current and future employees. In addition to on-site employee training programs, educational courses are available at several colleges across Northeastern PA. The list includes four of Penn State University’s branch campuses, Luzerne County Community College, McCann School of Business and Technology, Johnson College, Keystone College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Lackawanna College.
Located directly along the I-81 corridor in Northeast Pennsylvania and just minutes from I-80, Greater Hazleton offers an ideal location, just two hours to New York City and Philadelphia and within a day's drive of half the nation's population.