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LCCC Receives $80,000 Grant to Support Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

published Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Two officials from the state Department of Labor & Industry visited Lehigh Carbon Community College on Wednesday to announce the award of an $80,000 pre-apprenticeship grant.

"We are thrilled to hear that LCCC has been awarded this important pre-apprenticeship grant," said Dr. Ann D. Bieber, president of Lehigh Carbon Community College. "The funding will allow us to provide tuition and instructional materials for 30 students, which will prepare them for employment or apprenticeships in the Lehigh Valley's growing manufacturing industry." Image of President Bieber discussing grant.

The grant funds awarded to LCCC will be used to create a Production Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program that prepares students for advanced manufacturing apprenticeship opportunities. LCCC partners with companies such as Ocean Spray, Mack Trucks and B. Braun to provide the related technical instruction for their programs.

Image of Apprentice grant press conference“These grants will allow us to grow pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs throughout the commonwealth, through our Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO),” said Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Pre-apprenticeship programs are a tool to strengthen and diversify the talent pool available to employers, and allow job seekers the opportunity to develop the technical skills needed for in-demand industries.”   

Oleksiak was joined on LCCC’s Schnecksville campus by Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani. They toured the college’s advanced manufacturing laboratory and spoke with college faculty, staff and students about the importance of manufacturing education in the Lehigh Valley.