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New state funding encourages Southeast PA high school students to pursue careers in manufacturing


Harrisburg – Governor Tom Wolf on Friday announced $130,000 in new funding for the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC), through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC), to support a manufacturing career awareness program in multiple southeastern Pennsylvania counties where young manufacturing professionals talk to high school students about the benefits and rewards of a career in manufacturing.

DVIRC, through the Dream Team program, will partner with the following Bucks County manufacturing companies to recruit ambassadors:

  • Ameriscend, Warminster
  • Bracalente Manufacturing Group, Trumbauersville
  • NewAge Industries, Southampton

“This is an exciting and innovative program that I’m proud to support,” said Gov. Wolf. “Funding will be used to introduce students to the industry and encourage them to consider manufacturing-related careers after high school or as part of their post-secondary education. Ultimately, the goal is to build and improve the talent pool for southeastern Pennsylvania manufacturing companies, which is a true win-win for everyone.”

The “Dream Team” program will recruit young manufacturing professionals from area companies to serve as ‘ambassadors’ and visit high schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties to speak with students, teachers, and administrators about their profession, its requirements, and its rewards.

DVIRC will also recruit ambassadors from the following:

Chester County
DSM Biomedical (Exton)
Lavazza (West Chester)
United Safety & Survivability Corporation (Exton)

Delaware County
New Way Air Bearings (Aston)
Nielsen-Kellerman Company (Boothwyn)
Southco (Concordville)

Montgomery County
First Quality (King of Prussia)
Globus Medical (Audubon)
Greene Tweed (Kulpsville)
The Fredericks Company (Huntingdon Valley)

Philadelphia County
Leonardo Helicopters US (Philadelphia)
Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages (Philadelphia)
Rhoads Industries (Philadelphia)