WEDnetPA trains more than 1 million across commonwealth
For Immediate Release: July 29, 2013
BLOOMSBURG — The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA) has served more than 1 million trainees, according to a recent announcement by Gov. Tom Corbett. As a partner, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has provided training for about 20,000 state residents and awarded nearly $3 million in funding since the program began 14 years ago.
Funded through the Department of Community and Economic Development, WEDnetPA is a 30-member partnership of universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, community colleges and other educational institutions that deliver the commonwealth’s Guaranteed Free Training program. The worker training initiative has helped more than 17,000 manufacturers and technology-based businesses improve their employees’ skills and strengthen their competitive positions.
As a WEDnetPA partner, BU works with companies to assess training needs, develop training plans, submit funding applications and find qualified training providers. Since 2005, BU has awarded $2.4 million to companies to train more than 16,600 employees, primarily in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland and Luzerne counties, and extending to Lycoming, Union, Snyder, Schuylkill, York, Lancaster and Dauphin counties.
Among companies assisted are: Acurlite Structural Skylites, Autoneum, Bloomsburg Carpet Industries, Bloomsburg Physicians Services, Del Monte Pet Products, Deluxe Building Systems, Dollar Tree Stores Distribution Center, Fabtex, First Columbia Bank and Trust Co., Geisinger Medical Center, Kawneer Co., Kellogg Co., Kreamer Feed, Mifflinburg Bank and Trust, OPTIMO IT, PPL Susquehanna, Press Enterprise and Wise Foods.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.