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Tour Shows Off Grant Results

March 2, 2019
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Tour Shows Off Grant Results

DALLAS TWP. — State officials on Friday toured Dallas High School to observe how a grant that helped students choose career paths translates to the classroom. The career readiness grant helped educate and survey students about careers opportunities, then matched students with classes that meet their interests. Friday’s tour took officials to a career and consumer science classroom, where students learn vital life skills. Officials visited a welding lab, one of only three among schools in Luzerne County. They also stopped by a childcare education classroom, where high school students care for pre-school students twice a week. Eileen Cipriani, a workforce development official for the state Department of Labor and Industry, took the tour with state Rep. Karen Boback, R-117, Harveys Lake, and Andrew Seder, a representative with state Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp. “Pennsylvania’s economic future depends on a well-educated and highly-trained workforce,” Cipriani said. “We proudly support these career exploration projects, which allow students to learn about career options early with hands-on training, so that they are well-prepared as they move into the workforce and post-secondary education.” The grant that was touted was part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program, which provides opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. During her tour, Ciprani said 60 percent of current kindergarten students will work in a job that hasn’t been invented yet. “It’s more about teaching skills, as compared to an occupation,” she said. Contract the writer: bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2055, @cvbobkal