Displaced worker? Community colleges launch retraining


A new program is targeting unemployed Pennsylvanians to help them qualify for high-demand jobs, according to the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.

Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges will provide training to displaced workers, equipping them with the skills they need to get back to work in high-demand, family-sustaining jobs.

The program, is called JobTrakPA. JobTrakPA was made possible by a $20 million Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant awarded to the colleges last fall.

There are 15,000 TAA-eligible workers in Pennsylvania. The colleges, along with Pennsylvania CareerLink, are coordinating efforts to reach those workers and connect them to JobTrakPA.

Three high-growth, in-demand industries have been identified as priorities by the colleges. Training in these industries will be offered throughout the state, but will vary by region:

1. Advanced Manufacturing
2. Energy Distribution, Production and Conservation
3. Healthcare Information Technology

Each of the industries is projected to grow over the next few years.

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