Two organizations operating in Bucks County, Healthcare Connect and The Innovative Technology Group, were awarded $250,000 each in PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership grants to help bolster workforce development across Pennsylvania, state Rep. Wendy Ullman announced.
“It’s great that two critical industries in Bucks County – health care and technology – are getting this boost from the commonwealth,” Ullman said. “The people of Bucks County will benefit most of all from having a strong and diverse workforce employed in these key industries.”
Healthcare Connect addresses three primary challenges within the regional health care system: a shortage of qualified workers, a lack of transportation options and a lack of business-critical skills (e.g. “soft skills”). Action teams have been developed to address these challenges.
The Innovative Technology Action Group focuses on incumbent worker training, increasing diversity and inclusion in the workforce, youth career exploration and improving tech job seeker resources.
The Next Generation Industry Partnership is a part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative. PAsmart was created to increase education and job training opportunities to prepare workers with the skills that growing businesses need.
The governor’s PAsmart initiative has invested $20 million to expand job training through registered apprenticeships and industry partnerships and $40 million to support STEM and computer science education in hundreds of schools across Pennsylvania.