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$10M state grant to help CCAC build Pittsburgh job training center


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a $10 million grant Monday to help pay for the construction of a workforce development center at the Community College of Allegheny County’s North Side campus.

CCAC officials said the community college will immediately start working to raise $10 million in matching funds necessary to secure the state grant.

Combined, the $20 million would fund a first phase of construction expected to start by fall of 2018, according to CCAC President Quintin B. Bullock.

“This is going to centralize our workforce development here in the heart of Pittsburgh,” Bullock said. “It will also allow us to introduce new technologies in fields that we currently do not offer, expanding in areas that we see the future’s looking (bright) for, such as the autonomous technologies, the digital core, the plastics technology, the process technology, advanced manufacturing.”

Wolf, who toured the campus, said one of the region’s biggest challenges is preparing workers for available skilled jobs. He said it’s a big change from several years ago, when Pittsburgh struggled with finding ways to create jobs.

“The question is no longer that here in Western Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “It’s where do we get skills? How do we get more skills and more people with the right skills to take the jobs that exist? I think the seeds of how we deal with that challenge are right here at the Community College of Allegheny County.”

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PA Workforce Development Association