The Workforce and Economic Development Network (WEDnetPA) assists employers with the cost of training their employees that are engaged in high-priority occupations. It was created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Companies can receive training funds up to $600 per employee for Essential Skills (training activities are those that directly improve the essential job skills required for the employee’s current position) and up to $1,200 per employee for Technical Skills (training activities are those that directly improve the technical job skills required for the employee’s current position).

Essential Skills and Technical Skills Training Programs are available to qualified Pennsylvania companies and out-of-state businesses relocating to the state.

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.

Eligible Essential Skills Training (Not All-Inclusive)

Business Operations:

  • Basic Math
  • Customer Service
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving

Computer Operations:

  • MS Excel (Beginner, Intermediate)
  • MS Word
  • MS PowerPoint

Manufacturing Fundamentals:

  • Basic Electricity
  • Basic Machine Setup
  • Basic Soldering
  • Tooling, Grinding
  • Welding (MIG, TIG, ARC, TGAW, GMAW)

Product and Process Control:

  • Continuous Improvement/Kaizen
  • Internal Auditor
  • ISO 9000+
  • Lean Manufacturing/Lean Enterprise
  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Six Sigma (White and Yellow Belt)
  • Total Productive Maintenance
  • Total Quality Management

Workplace Behavior Skills:

  • Communications
  • Teamwork

Workplace Health and Safety:

  • Electrical Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid, CPR, AED
  • Hazardous Materials Handling
  • Safety Committee

Eligible Technical Skills Training (Not All-Inclusive)

Advanced Math:

  • Blueprint and Schematic Reading
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Statistical Software

Machine Operations and Maintenance:

  • Hydraulics/Pneumatics
  • Industrial Electricity (except safety)
  • Motor Controls

Manufacturing Technology:

  • 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping
  • Electronics (including electronic soldering)
  • Robotics

Software Implementation:

  • Coding/Programming
  • Database Development (including MS Access)
  • E-Commerce
  • Information Security
  • MS Excel (Advanced, Expert)
  • Network Administration
  • Software Engineering
  • Website Design and Development

Technical Applications (including Scientific and Medical):

  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Life Sciences
  • Non-destructive Testing (NDT)
  • Project Management (MS Project, Agile, Scrum)
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Six Sigma (Green, Black, and Master Black Belt)