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workforce development
"The highlight of the program," continues Pinkasavage, "is that training providers, to develop, implement, and monitor the progress
our apprentices earn while they learn, with little cost to themselves. of the training required for our skilled trades employees."
Once selected for our apprenticeship, the apprentice is placed with a
Historically, East Penn has also worked with the regional career and
signatory contractor and starts earning high wages, collects pension technology centers, where high school students engage in programs
credits and receives exceptional health benefits. In just one year focused on building industrial maintenance skills. "Typically, we hire
after being indentured, our apprentices are earning self¬-sustaining high school students when they are in their senior year. At East Penn,
middle class wages and, by the time they finish our five-year program, we provide them with practical, hands-on experience to supplement
they will have earned over $200,000 in wages and benefits while their classroom work. Then in many cases upon graduation from
learning a trade that is always in demand."
high school, we offer them full-time employment, and continued
"The credentials earned by our graduating apprentices are training at the STTC," states Harrop.
recognized by both industry and the commonwealth," reinforces
"Finally, in an effort to encourage students to pursue careers in
Pinkasavage. "Due to their apprenticeship training, IBEW maintenance, and in manufacturing generally, East Penn has been
electricians carry licenses from multiple state and local municipalities. actively engaged with the educational community in Berks County
Our apprentice program has and will continue to turn out the finest over the last several years," concludes Harrop. "We bring groups of
electrical workers for contractors and industry to hire."
high school administrators, teachers, and students to East Penn for
Manufacturers also have concerns about their future workforce.
For
East
Penn
Manufacturing
Company, Inc., a
private, family-owned
company
operating
the largest singlesite, lead-acid battery
manufacturing facility
in the world, and
Berks County's largest
employer, workforce
training is a huge
issue that requires
a big commitment
to regional training
resources.

To that extent, we know our K-12 education partners are
listening. The Berks Career and Technology Centers (BCTC) and
Reading-Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center (RMCTC) are
providing direct hands-on training for technology and trades skills,
with increasing opportunities for real-world experiences. RMCTC
just completed their second summer internship program, a public/
private venture managed by Teri Baller, RMCTC National Technical
Honor Society advisor and Work Based Learning program instructor.
A total of 17 area companies hired 22 RMCTC juniors for an eightweek, 30-40 hour work-week, internship. Students received real skills
opportunities within their chosen career training paths, and were
paid minimum wage for their time worked with an added $1200
bonus stipend upon successful completion of the internship.

"Additionally," says Harrop, "two years ago we added a
Maintenance Training and Skills Development Manager to the
maintenance management team. The individual in this role works
with our maintenance supervisors along with internal and external

The Twin Valley internship program has become an innovative
template for career programs in Pennsylvania, providing experiences
to give students the opportunity to apply their learning in realworld scenarios, under the guidance of an experienced mentor. The
internship program is complemented by a Career Pathway system

presentations and tours to show them modern manufacturing and all
the opportunities that are available to high school graduates."

Reading Hospital, Berks County's largest healthcare employer,
has developed a High School Student Internship program to provide
"For a number of career awareness opportunities for future graduates while fostering a
years now," shares potential pipeline for future employees. According to Desha Dickson,
Bob Harrop, SHRM- Director, Community Health and Engagement, this program is now
SCP, Vice President, in its 4th year. "It is offered to Reading and Wilson High School
Personnel,
"our students," states Dickson, "allowing students to spend a portion of
primary
approach their senior year interning in clinical and non-clinical departments.
to
training
in In addition, we offer the Medical Explorers and Shadowing programs.
skilled trades has been through our partnership with Reading Each program is geared to provide students with helpful information
Area Community College. More than 10 years ago, we worked about healthcare careers."
with the staff at Reading Area Community College as they were
Another outstanding example of career awareness initiatives is the
contemplating the construction of what is now the Schmidt Training
& Technology Center (STTC). Since it opened its doors, we have Twin Valley School District. Twin Valley manages one of the more
been providing training to our industrial maintenance staff (newly extensive, self-run internship programs in the county. They actively
hired and current staff) at the STTC. The training is a combination engage employers throughout their community to provide internship
of computer-based and hands-on learning covering a range of topics opportunities. "Twin Valley's Internship Program has been around
from troubleshooting fluid power systems to repairing mechanical for over 10 years," notes Dr. Robert Pleis, Superintendent. "In 2016systems, from maintaining automated manufacturing systems to 2017, over 120 juniors and seniors were serving as interns in nearly
training in electricity, motor controls and Programmable Logic 100 different businesses. Two of our teachers, Angela Morgan and
Controllers (PLCs). Since we first started utilizing the STTC, we Gwen Werner, were responsible for not only starting the program but
also helping it grow."
have put more than 150 people through training at that facility."

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