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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is a partner with the Workforce & Economic Development Network for Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA). Pennsylvania Highlands, through Workforce Development & Continuing Education, is the primary contact and program manager in our region for the WEDnetPA program.

The mission of WEDnetPA is to "strengthen the business environment of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by providing a training network that is responsive to employer's workforce development needs." WEDnetPA was created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to primarily assist employers that are engaged in high-priority occupations with the cost of training their employees.

Companies can receive up to $450 for Essential Skills (ES) training for eligible employees and up to $850 per employees for Advanced Technology (AT) training. The Essential Skills Training and Advanced Technology Training programs are available to qualified Pennsylvania companies and out-of-state businesses relocating to the state.

Essential Skills training activities are defined as those that directly improve the essential job skills required for the employee's current position.

Types of eligible Essential Skills Training (not all inclusive):

  • Applied Mathematics & Measurement
  • Business Operations
  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Computer Training - Word, PowerPoint, Excel, & Access
  • Product and Process Control
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Manufacturing Fundamentals
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Machine Setup and Maintenance
    • Tooling, Grinding
    • Welding, Soldering
  • Problem Solving
  • Product and Process Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Workplace Behavior Skills
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Types of eligible Advanced Technology Training (not all inclusive):

  • Advanced Machine Operations and Maintenance
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology includes CAD, CAM, CNC, PLC
  • Advanced Software Implementation
  • Website Design and Development
  • Computer Programming
  • Database Development
  • E-Commerce
  • Network Administration & Technology Support
  • Information Security
  • Management Information Systems
  • Medical Applications
  • Scientific Applications
  • Systems Analysis

To find out if your company qualifies for the WEDnetPA Grant, contact Julie Davis at 814.262.3813 or jdavis@pennhighlands.edu for more information.