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Manufacturing industry’s high-priority occupation designation in PA gives employers reductions on employee training

Food processing companies that choose to locate their operations in Greater Hazleton benefit from manufacturing’s designation as a high-priority occupation in Pennsylvania. As a result of PA’s industry-driven approach to workforce development, employers may be eligible to receive discounts on workforce training and education investments that can help their employees master the skills they need for success in the industry’s in-demand occupations.

Pennsylvania CareerLink® Luzerne County can assist employers with funding for employee training for any position that’s listed on the high-priority occupations list, which includes maintenance technicians and welders. McCann School of Business and Technology, which has a campus located directly in the Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazle Township, provides employers throughout Greater Hazleton with a convenient, localized solution to their workforce training needs. Employers will receive a reduction in training costs when employees attend McCann’s Hazleton campus and either work toward an Associate in Specialized Technology degree in Commercial and Industrial Maintenance or Welding Technology or take individual courses that fall under one of the programs.

William Burke, director at McCann’s Hazleton campus, said the school consulted with corporations in Humboldt Industrial Park to design the programs to meet the specific needs of the local manufacturing industry. “We noticed a need within the local industrial parks for skilled maintenance technicians and formed an advisory committee with area employers to develop the Commercial and Industrial Maintenance Technician program. The Commercial and Industrial Maintenance Technician program provides skills training in diverse commercial and industrial areas that are found throughout the manufacturing sector, including food processing.

Since its inception, the program’s placement opportunities have been fantastic. Over the past three years, the program is averaging more than a 90 percent placement rate,” he said. “Many of our current students are already employed within the Greater Hazleton industrial parks and are attending McCann to enhance their skills. This gives them an opportunity to move up within their company while providing skilled trade employees to the local employers.”

Burke stated that a demand for qualified welders in Greater Hazleton was the catalyst to adding the Welding Technology program at McCann’s Hazleton campus. He added that, like the maintenance technician program, the welding course has seen a more than 90 percent placement rate over the past three years. The welding program provides instruction and hands-on learning and covers all types of commonly used welding techniques.

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