Pleasant Gap, Centre County, Pa-Local leaders, including representatives from the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (CBICC) and local politicians gathered at the Central PA Institute of Science and Technology to speak about the importance of investing in career and technical education (CTE).
The presentation highlighted the need for a $10 million CTE subsidy in the state budget.
While there is a need for money to go towards CTE programs, speakers praised the state government for their continued support of the programs, which they say gives the county workers that are skilled and needed.
“We’re just thrilled that the legislature is putting an emphasis on these programs, pre-apprenticeship programs, and work experience programs to help create a better worker in Centre County,” said Jennifer Myers, Vice President, Economic Development, CBICC
The CBICC also launched an initiative called “Centre Ready” to teach soft skills to those entering the workforce. The program will also look to help teach technical skills that may be lacking in the workforce.