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Pennsylvania Highlands is a managing program partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development of the Workforce & Economic Development Network (WEDnetPA) program.  We are the the primary business and industry contact in the Southern Alleghenies Region for WEDnetPA.

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 assist employers with the cost of training their employees that are engaged in high-priority occupations.

Companies can receive up to $450 per employee for Essential Skills training and up to $850 per employee for Advanced Technology training for eligible employees. The Essential Skills 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.  Advanced Technology training comprises job functions related to automation in manufacturing processes; research and development resulting in the use and transfer of science and technology; and development, implementation, maintenance and/or automation of complex systems, processes and procedures. 

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

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

Contact Information

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.