SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Education, Jobs That Pay, PAsmart, Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced the approval of a grant to PA Heavy & Highway to expand its apprenticeship program to train additional workers in the fields of heavy equipment operation, construction form carpentry, and construction labor. The funding will build on the governor’s commitment to expanding job training opportunities for Pennsylvanians and will support the development of young talent in an industry facing the looming challenge of an aging workforce.“Apprenticeships give companies the ability to infuse new talent into their workforce and ensure their employment base is highly-skilled and highly-trained for years to come,” Governor Wolf said. “Not only will this grant help employers in the western part of the commonwealth, but it will put workers into family-sustaining careers in the construction and heavy equipment operation fields.”The grant will provide a total of $99,000 over three years to support PA Heavy & Highway’s existing apprenticeship program. The added funding will enable 10 additional apprentices to complete a three-year training program to provide them with crucial skills and knowledge for construction and heavy equipment operation. Apprentices in the program are required to attend a minimum of 144 instructional hours per year on their apprenticeship focus. This coursework supplements the on-the-job training apprentices receive from their employers. Apprenticeships in the heavy & highway industry are particularly vital due to an aging and retiring workforce that will soon require a larger pool of younger skilled workers.“This funding will help us in our efforts to expand our apprenticeship program and further support our apprentices so they can become skilled and highly-sought-after workers achieving great careers,” said Mark Mace, training coordinator for PA Heavy & Highway. “We appreciate the support from the Wolf Administration as we continue to help develop the workforce of western Pennsylvania.”Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s first-of-its-kind $30 million PAsmart initiative, part of which includes a $10 million investment in apprenticeships and job training. PAsmart will expand apprenticeships in traditional and non-traditional occupations through the Wolf Administration’s Apprenticeship Training Office (ATO) and encourage businesses, community colleges and other higher education providers to expand registered apprenticeships and work-based learning experiences for adults. It will also expand the Department of Labor and Industry’s successful Industry Partnerships program, which connects similar businesses with educational and economic development partners to provide the job training.Since the ATO was created in early 2016, the office has registered 113 new sponsors and 158 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 15,972 statewide.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to workforce development, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Opportunities for Construction and Heavy Equipment Operation in Western Pennsylvania July 16, 2018
September 11, 2020 University President Vincent E. Price announced those steps Friday, with the daily testing focusing on the sports considered to be of higher transmission risk for transmission by the Atlantic Coast Conference’s medical advisory group.The school will require athletes in those sports to sequester in designated residential areas after competitions until cleared to return to the campus community through testing and monitoring.Price says teams will all travel by charter bus or plane and will ideally leave and return to campus on the same day.The school had previously announced that it will begin the football and fall sports seasons with no fans at home competitions.___ The Latest: Positive tests prompt pause to Memphis football Washington State was already facing financial woes nefore COVID-19. The athletic department has a debt of about $100 million from the construction of a football operations building, stadium upgrades and other spending in the past decade.___Vanderbilt has announced the Commodores will start the fall season in all sports without any fans at home events through October.Athletic director Candice Lee said Friday that health and safety concerns about COVID-19 is why Vanderbilt is keeping fans away. She says this is the new normal environment where the focus is on keeping everyone healthy and as safe as possible. Playing without fans will allow officials to focus on minimizing risk to students and coaches, and Lee says that will help their ability to finish the season.Vanderbilt hosts sixth-ranked and defending national champ LSU on Oct. 3 with South Carolina visiting Oct. 10 and Mississippi on Oct. 31. Attendance was announced at 32,048 for Vanderbilt’s game last season against LSU at the Southeastern Conference’s smallest stadium. Washington State’s athletic department will cut 10 full-time jobs and top coaches will take a voluntary 15% pay cut to help deal with budget problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Pat Chun, football coach Nick Rolovich and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith are taking the 15% pay cuts, the school said Friday. Women’s basketball coach Kamie Ethridge will take a 12.5% salary reduction.Every other head coach, assistant coach and contracted staff member has been asked, or mandated, to take a 10% salary reduction, the Pac-12 school said.In addition, all non-contracted staff members are required to take two furlough weeks by Nov. 20, and two more weeks between Feb. 1-June 1, 2021.Chun said the goal is to cut into a $30 million loss in athletic department revenue this fall because of the pandemic. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Memphis has paused football practice and all group activities for the team, saying a “number of individuals” with the program have tested positive for COVID-19. The university will be offering fans virtual programming that includes a virtual tailgate and live pregame show to make up for not being able to attend games.Lee said Vanderbilt will continue consulting with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and local public health experts to decide fan attendance for events after October.Vanderbilt is located less than five miles from Nissan Stadium where the NFL’s Tennessee Titans will host Jacksonville on Sept. 20 for their home opener with no fans in the stands. Nashville’s MLS team also is playing without fans at Nissan through September.___Duke is taking additional steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during fall sports. That includes daily testing of athletes, coaches and staff in football, soccer, volleyball and field hockey. Associated Press The Tigers are scheduled to host Houston on Sept. 18 in a prime-time game on national TV. A decision on whether Memphis will be able to play Houston will be announced early next week.University officials say the positive tests and contact tracing indicate most of the cases are linked to social events outside of team activities. Combined with contract tracing, Memphis says a “significant number” are in quarantine in keeping with CDC guidelines.University officials say there are no serious cases but that all players and staff affected are being closely monitored.The Tigers opened the season by beating Arkansas State 37-24 on Sept. 5___
The University of Wisconsin volleyball team defeated No. 12 Purdue Friday night in five sets at the UW Fieldhouse — recovering from a 0–2 set deficit to start the match.But outside hitter Molly Haggerty and the rest of the team remained unfazed by the Boilermaker lead.“Doubt is not in this team’s vocabulary,” Haggerty said.After the Boilermakers recorded 10 total team blocks and 30 team digs through the first two sets, it looked as if their defense was impenetrable. Purdue outscored the Badgers in both opening sets 25–16 and 25–22, respectively.“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. They weren’t going to lay down,” senior Tionna Williams said, reflecting after the Badgers found themselves down 0–2 against a top-15 Big Ten opponent.At that point, it would have been easy to accept defeat, but head coach Kelly Sheffield’s Badgers did no such thing. With their backs against the wall, Wisconsin came out in the third set firing on all cylinders. When the Badgers found themselves down 14–10 and Purdue still controlled the tempo of the match, Wisconsin knew they had to act.An eight to zero Badger run sparked by Grace Loberg took the Badgers from a four-point deficit to a four-point lead in the third set. Loberg recorded four kills in this run alone, setting the tone for a dramatic swing in momentum.Football: AJ Taylor’s unexpected season as No. 1 receiving optionSo far this season, University of Wisconsin receiver AJ Taylor has accumulated 406 yards and three touchdowns on 24 receptions Read…Sherridan Atkinson, the go-to hitter for the Boilermakers, battled her squad back into the set, but the Badger run proved to be the difference. With their backs against the wall, the Badgers won the third set 25–23.But one set was not enough for the Badgers. The team knew that in order to win this match, they would have to win their fourth five-set match of the season. Williams described the intensity of the moment.“Just looking each other in the eye, you could feel the strength from each one of us out there,” Williams said.The Badgers were in the contest for the long haul.The fourth set was all Wisconsin. Building off of the momentum they gained from the third set, the Badgers claimed the fourth set 24–15. They now prepared for a must-win fifth set to 15.Women’s hockey: Badgers defense dominates Minnesota StateThe Wisconsin Badgers (11-1-0, 5-1-0 WCHA) swept an away series this weekend against the Minnesota State Mavericks (4-5-1, 2-5-1 WCHA) Read…The Badgers got off to an early start and were able to hold the lead through the fifth set with a clutch performance from Williams. The senior recorded three kills and three blocks to propel the Badgers to a massive comeback win, as they took the fifth set 15–10.When asked to describe where this game ranked in her Wisconsin career, Williams, the lone senior on the team, said it was among the top.The Badger comeback would not have been possible without pivotal contributions from the back-row, led by libero Tiffany Clark.“We knew the only way we would win this game was defense,” Clark said, who finished the night with a game-high 25 digs.After starting off with a .441 hitting percentage, the Boilermaker offense could not overcome a resurgent Badger defense, as their percentage dipped to .040 in the fifth set.Men’s Basketball: Happ’s triple double paves way for 85–63 Badger victory in season openerUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball team took down the Coppin State Eagles without any trouble to open up the 2018-19 Read…Other key contributions came from Dana Rettke with 16 kills, Williams with six blocks and Sydney Hilley, who recorded 59 assists.“I thought the story of this match was our grit,” Sheffield said. “When your back is against the wall, those are the ones that feel so much better. All the credit in the world is to this group.”It marked the first time the Badger volleyball team has come back from a two-set deficit to win since 1996.