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NWPA Job Connect Awarded $120,000 Business Education Partnership Grant
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 4:25 PM


Northwestern PA was recently awarded the Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) under the heading of Student in the WorkplaceStudent in the Workplace will help to serve as career resources to approximately 180 students in the Northwestern PA region that serves Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Venango and Warren counties.


Student in the Workplace will help to facilitate activities for students to interact with local employers by doing workplace shadowing, career mentoring, industry tours and other career awareness activities for students.   This grant will also help with the implementation of a new industry advisory group to bring business, education, and workforce development professionals together to focus on the Business, Finance, and Information Technology career pathways.


Path to Careers is a model that has launched in several areas in Pennsylvania and school districts in the rural counties for the ability to have one source for career experiences and activities since students/schools could take advantage of opportunities across county lines.  One tool allows the employers to register and list opportunities once versus individually for each school district. Path to Careers will be launched in the Northwestern PA region this year.


With last years funds this grant has helped students to job shadow different high priority occupations as well as tour local businesses in the area.   Students participated in mock interviews and were taught to write professional Thank You notes to the interviewer.   Students were also taught a variety of things including soft skills for their job shadows and about sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.   Time was also devoted to career exploration for grades 9-11 and also some to Google Career Expeditions (Virtual Reality).



See Governor Wolf's press release:


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