Bernstine Announces State Funding for Workforce Development in Lawrence County
HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Butler/Lawrence) announced the West Central Workforce Development Board will receive a $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The funding will support a West Central Workforce Development Board program to provide job training to young adults who were formerly incarcerated. The Community Connections program links these young adults to youth re-entry project partners, who will determine skill sets and training gaps, the need for supportive services, and training options. Each participant will be assigned a joint adult mentoring team for advice throughout program participation.

“People who commit crimes must be held accountable, seek help dealing with issues underlying their behavior, and make an effort to repair the harm they've caused,” said Bernstine. “We need to help those who have been incarcerated become a part of society. This funding helps to provide individuals with the ability and support necessary to avoid future criminal behavior.”

The West Central Workforce Development Board works to retain and attract business in Lawrence and Mercer counties.

Representative Aaron Bernstine
8th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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