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Chester County Economic Development Foundation Receives State Funding

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The Pennsylvania Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC) recently awarded the Chester County Economic Development Foundation (CCEDF) $200,000 to create the “Bridging Agriculture and Manufacturing in Berks and Chester Counties” program.

The program will help students from Kutztown, Octorara, Oley Valley and Owen J. Roberts High Schools explore the connection between agricultural and manufacturing careers in Berks and Chester counties. It will leverage CCEDF’s Chester and Delaware Counties AgConnect and Manufacturing Alliance industry partnerships to develop, deliver, and assess education and exploration of manufacturing careers for students.

Students will gain real-world experience by participating in career showcases, work readiness programs, and visiting manufacturers.

“CCEDF and AgConnect have served the agricultural community for over a decade by providing workforce training, financing and business services, and engaging our future workforce through career exploration programs,” said CCEDF CEO Gary Smith. However, as technology continues to increase, we realize that many of the jobs available in agriculture are in manufacturing. We are excited to showcase the breadth and depth of career options, increase opportunities for students, and help ensure agriculture and manufacturing can thrive in our region for years to come.

MTTC grants fund projects that advance manufacturing or result in a job placement or short-term work readiness.