Thanks to an investment by Governor Tom Wolf.
Governor Tom Wolf is investing nearly $5.8 million to provide young adults who were in the justice system with educational, training and skills-building opportunities to better prepare them for good jobs and successful careers that are needed in Pennsylvania.
As part of that investment, a grant in the amount of $988,925 will be coming to the Lehigh Valley to prepare young adults who were in the justice system for reentry into the job market. The grant award for the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley (WBLV) will integrate the PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley workforce system into the justice systems of Northampton and Lehigh counties that provide referrals of incarcerated youth to re-engage into education, training and employment. Post-secondary education partners Northampton Community College and Lehigh Carbon Community College will coordinate the education and training needs of participants, and the Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance will provide expertise in employability and soft skills.
“This investment will help those who have interacted with the justice system to get the skills they need for a good job and to build a career,” said Governor Wolf. “Education and job training are crucial to removing barriers to work so people can put their lives back on track and build a stronger workforce in Pennsylvania.”
The Youth Reentry Demonstration Project is 100 percent funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
For more information about the Youth Reentry Demonstration Project awards, visit the Department of Labor and Industry website.