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Senate hearing discusses workforce development in northeast Pennsylvania

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The Senate Committee on Community, Economic and Recreational Development and the Senate Committee on Labor and Industry held a joint hearing on Tuesday to discuss workforce development in northeast Pennsylvania.

Panelists included representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Greater Hazleton Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Pittston Area Chamber of Commerce, Wyoming and the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce.

Panelists discussed union apprenticeship programs, training, education, access to transportation, affordable child care, and the availability of quality drug and alcohol programs .

“With employers in nearly every industry facing a shortage of available or skilled workers, we need to redouble our efforts to ensure emerging workers and displaced workers have the necessary education, training and work ethic. to fill the jobs of today. and tomorrow,” said Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Lucerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming).

Northeastern Pennsylvania created more than 2,300 new jobs last year, more than any other region in the state, and secured more than $1.2 billion in private economic development, according to the report. Governor’s Action Team 2020-21.

The hearing was held at the Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center.

State Sen. John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) is chair of the Senate Committee on Community, Economic and Recreational Development, and State Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver/Greene/Washington) is chair of the committee. Senate for Labor and Industry. .