Wolf administration joins tri-county industry partnership in Indiana County to recognize healthcare workers


Indiana, Pennsylvania – The Wolf administration today joined leaders from the Tri-County Industry Partnership and the Indiana County Health Care Careers Consortium (ICHCCC) – a nonprofit organization of health service providers, educators and health care agencies. Workforce Development – ​​in Indiana County to recognize healthcare workers who have expanded their professional career skills and sought employment during a time of unprecedented challenge for the healthcare industry.

The Tri-County Healthcare Industry Partnership, which includes members of the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board (TCWIB), local employers and community organizations, is a 2021 PAsmart Industry Partnership Grant Recipient and one Pennsylvania Next Generation Sector Partnership committed to strengthening the labor market and meeting labor needs in targeted industries, particularly in Armstrong, Butler and Indiana counties.

“At L&I, we are extremely proud to be able to support industry partnership programs across Pennsylvania, including the Careers Consortium, in their efforts to address critical shortages in the healthcare sector,” said James Martini, executive director of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board. within L&I. “Through this collaboration, we are able to celebrate the admirable commitment of healthcare workers in this community, the essential frontline care they provided during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their contributions to the strong economic development in the tri-county area. “

With grants from L&Ithe Healthcare Industry Partnership received $175,000, the Tri-County Manufacturing Industry Partnership received $175,000, and the Technology Industry Partnership received $55,000. to help create a more competitive job market in the tri-county area and build local resources in the healthcare, manufacturing and technology sectors through education, recruitment and community collaboration.

In addition to recognizing its healthcare employees, the ICHCCC presented a lifetime achievement award to Denise McQuown-Hatter, President and CEO of Affinity Health Services, co-founder of the ICHCCC and member of the board of the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board. .

“We, as members of the Indiana County Health Care Careers Consortium, are very excited to be back on track and in person for the 17e annual recognition event,” said Kelly Howells, President and Trustee of Anew Home Health Agency, an IHCCC health service provider. “The gesture of recognizing our dedicated employees gives us the opportunity to recognize their value within our organizations. It also helps with retention efforts when employees feel they are valued as a person and as an important member of the team.”

PA Industry Partnerships builds on highly successful and nationally recognized initiatives in Pennsylvania by combining the economic development concept of “cluster partnerships” that address comprehensive industry needs with the development model of workforce “industry initiatives” that focus on the specific training needs of the targeted industry. Instead of focusing on meeting business needs based on government programs, industry partnerships put business at the center of a coordinated workforce and economic development system that responds to defined business opportunities and priorities. .

Since 2018, as part of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, the administration has distributed nearly $60 million statewide to expand job training through registered apprenticeships and industry partnerships and to support teaching STEM and computer science in hundreds of schools across Pennsylvania.

Strengthening vocational and vocational training in Pennsylvania is a priority for the Wolf administration, as several workforce development programs have been created to meet the needs of local employers, including the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center, launched in 2019. This strategic public-private partnership helps identify and address work barriers, skills gaps, and labor shortages in Pennsylvania.

To see all the details, visit PAsmart Industry Partnership Grants.

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