BUCKS COUNTY − February 14, 2019 − Pennsylvania Senator Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, announced the award of a $100,000 pre-apprenticeship grant to Bucks County Community College. This grant is one of several awarded by Governor Tom Wolf as part of the first PAsmart Apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships, which aims to grow STEM education and job training opportunities to benefit employees and industries alike.

“By focusing on preparation for the job market, we can make sure that the next generation of workers in our commonwealth are competitive in their chosen fields,” Sen. Santarsiero said. “There are so many options for young people after high school, whether they go on to higher education or an apprenticeship program, or immediately join the workforce, opportunities provided by grants like these help to shape the future of our economy.”

With the help of this grant, Bucks County Community College will be able to expand the industrial maintenance pre-apprenticeship training program that is already in place for Bucks County high school students and other out-of-school adults between the ages of 18-24. The program is 24 weeks long and requires three hours of industrial maintenance instruction daily.

For more information on this and other grant programs, please visit www.pasmart.gov.