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School-to-Work Grant Program designed to create student pathways to employment for students at BCCC


Bucks’ Center for Workforce Development’s (CWD) Industrial Skills Training Programs will be one of 12 recipients of the Governor’s 2.5M School-to-Work Grant. CWD’s Industrial Skill Training Programs are designed to give students hands-on experience in manufacturing as well as life-sustaining career opportunities upon graduation.

To meet employers’ demand for workers skilled in electro-mechanical (mechatronics) and machining fundamentals, Bucks County Community College is offering its Metalwork and Industrial Maintenance pre-apprentice training programs to high school seniors, recent high school graduates and others that are looking to kickstart a career in advanced manufacturing.

The training will take place beginning in February at the new Center for Advanced Technologies, a state-of-the-art, up-to-the-minute, high-tech learning environment housing the training programs located on Bucks’ Lower Bucks campus in Bristol. The highly successful industrial skills trainings will have a modified schedule to better accommodate high school seniors and recent graduates.

“These career training programs bring together employers and trained talent. Bucks continues to strive to provide education and career opportunities for people whether they are seeking a degree or aiming to go directly to the workforce,” said Dr. Felicia L. Ganther, President of Bucks County Community College.

Through the school-to-work grant the training will be provided FREE to participants. Unemployed and underemployed individuals will also be eligible for FREE training if they meet the grant requirements. The ideal candidate is mechanically inclined, likes to work with their hands, solve problems and is looking to start a lucrative career.

Requirements for the program include:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or possess a Green Card
  • Must be at least 18 years old by the start date in February, 2023
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED, or be on track to earn one by the end of program
  • Must pass an electro/mechanical aptitude test, drug screening, background check, and a physical test
  • Daily attendance and punctuality
  • Must have reliable transportation to commute to training and to a variety of industry field trips

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