State Grant Supports New Carpentry Career Pathways in Blair County

HARRISBURG – A grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will support career training in the carpentry industry in Blair County, according to Senator Judy Ward (R-30).

The $297,000 grant was awarded to the Keystone + Mountain + Lakes (KML) Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund to assist in apprenticeship training at its three Pennsylvania training centers, including one in Duncansville. The funding will support on-the-job training and classroom instruction to apprentices, as well as the use of new technology training.

“Apprenticeship programs offer a gateway to help Pennsylvanians access the training they need to be successful in the workforce,” Ward said. “This new funding is good news for the region, and I am thankful that it will help local workers learn the skills they need to advance their career in the carpentry field.”

KML offers training in commercial carpentry, floor covering, pile driving/dock building, heavy highway construction, millwrighting, cabinetmaking, and millworking.

The funding was awarded as part of DCED’s Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program, which is designed to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development.

CONTACT:  Cheryl Schriner (717) 787-5490

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