BU receives grant to provide technology training in NEPA

For immediate release: April 20, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — A grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry will allow Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania to provide information and communications technology training courses to employees in the region at a low cost. The $400,000 grant will be used for workshops and online training for employees at manufacturing firms, hospitals, banks and insurance companies in Northeast Pennsylvania.

BU's Husky Research Corp. (HRC) and Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) partnered to obtain the grant.

Last year, BU was awarded a similar grant for $96,000 which was used to establish an industry partnership and assess the training needs for information technology in the area. This year’s $400,000 grant has allowed BU to conduct employee training based on employers’ needs.
Based upon the assessment conducted last year, BU’s Institute for Interactive Technologies developed the curriculum for nine online courses and four instructor-led courses.

Courses on Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, databases and Web 2.0, will be offered through BU, with similar courses offered through Luzerne County Community College and Pennsylvania College of Technology. Courses are available at a cost of $25 to register eligible employees in Columbia, Montour, Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties.

"We've taken the curriculum that the IIT developed and offered to other it educational institutions in the region," said Tom Fletcher, director of corporate and continuing education at BU. "We're paying them through the grant to deliver the training. This enables us to spread our wings."

For more information on Technology Training for Industry in Northeast Pennsylvania, contact Fletcher at (570) 389-5161 or by e-mail at tfletche@bloomu.edu.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.