Senator Santarsiero Announces $200,000 in Funding to Bucks County Community College’s Apprenticeship Program

BUCKS COUNTY — January 15, 2020 — State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced the award of $200,000 in funding to Bucks County Community College’s (BCCC) Metalwork Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. These funds are allocated to the creation of an awareness campaign aimed at increasing recruitment levels for all BCCC Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs. 

The funding was awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program, part of Governor Wolf’s Jobs that Pay Initiative, and supports projects that train a skilled workforce to compete in a global economy, as well as advancing the field of manufacturing. 

“We are very fortunate to have such an excellent community college here in Bucks County,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “The education and training the college provides is of the highest quality, and this grant funding will allow even more opportunity for our students.” 

“Bucks County Community College is excited to provide new opportunities for our local citizens to become students in our Metalwork Program. With a 94% placement rate, this program is a great way to start or change a career,” said Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, President of BCCC. “Our regional industry partners also benefit by maintaining a skilled workforce through hiring our graduates. We appreciate the efforts of Gov. Wolf to grow apprenticeship programs and to help get the word out that this can be a great career choice.” 

BCCC is an accredited two-year community college with three campuses in Bucks County, in addition to offering online courses. To learn more about BCCC and their various programs, please visit their website.

To learn more about funding opportunities through DCED, please visit their website.

Sen. Steve Santarsiero represents the 10th Senatorial District, which includes: Bedminster Township, Buckingham Township, Chalfont, Doylestown, Doylestown Township, Dublin, East Rockhill Township, Falls Township, Haycock Township, Hilltown Township, Lower Makefield Township, Morrisville, New Britain, New Britain Township, New Hope, Newtown, Newtown Township, Perkasie, Plumstead Township, Sellersville, Silverdale, Solebury Township, Telford, Tullytown, Upper Makefield Township, West Rockhill Township, and Yardley.