January Jobs That Pay Update: Workforce Training, Computer Science Education, Fairer Wages, and New Jobs

first_imgJanuary Jobs That Pay Update: Workforce Training, Computer Science Education, Fairer Wages, and New Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 17, 2018 Economy,  Education,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Round-Up,  The Blog,  Workforce Development In just the first few weeks of the new year, Governor Tom Wolf announced $7 million in workforce development funding, statewide computer science education standards, more than 600 new jobs, and plans to overhaul Pennsylvania’s overtime rules to be more fair for salaried workers.Training Pennsylvania’s WorkforceGovernor Wolf continued to support workforce development programs that prepare Pennsylvanians to meet the evolving demands of the job market. More than $7 millions in state funding will help train tomorrow’s medical practitioners and commercial truck drivers, and retrain dislocated miners in today’s high demand occupations.Introducing Computer Science Education StandardsHeeding the governor’s request, the State Board of Education took action this January to establish standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools. Already a national leader in STEM education, Pennsylvania is now one of a few states to endorse such standards.Fairer Wages and New JobsGovernor Wolf announced plans to modernize outdated overtime rules and more than 600 new jobs in e-commerce, technology, large-scale manufacturing and small businesses. The governor also welcomed another national manufacturing company that chose Pennsylvania as their new hub on the east coast.Highlights from December 2017 – January 2018Governor Wolf Announces Approval of Funding for 125 New Community Projects Through Neighborhood Assistance ProgramGovernor Wolf Announces Tax Credits to Revitalize ‘Mill 19’ – Site of Former Steel Mill in HazelwoodGovernor Wolf Announces Revamped Pennsylvania Program to Confront Skills Gap, Bolster Job TrainingGovernor Wolf Announces Creation of 307 Pennsylvania Jobs Through Expansion of AssurantGovernor Wolf Approves Support for 22 Community Revitalization Projects Throughout PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support 13 Small Business Projects in Nine Counties, Supporting Nearly 200 JobsGovernor Wolf Announces $4 Million for Health Care Training Building in Central PAGovernor Wolf Visits Philips Ultrasound, Hosts Roundtable with Pennsylvania Med Tech BusinessesGovernor Wolf Tours Wood-Mode in Snyder County to Highlight Job TrainingGovernor Wolf Visits Dauphin County Technical School, Talks Training and Careers with Health Sciences StudentsGovernor Wolf Attends Turn5 Ribbon-Cutting, Celebrates New Job CreationGovernor Wolf Visits Lehigh Carbon Community College, Visits Commercial Truck Driving Students and EmployersGovernor Wolf Tours All Sports America, Touts Collaboration in Reshoring and New Jobs CreationGovernor Wolf Stresses Agriculture’s Economic Impact; Says New Report’s Recommendations Guide Opportunities for GrowthGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Repurpose the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers’ Training Center to Connect Dislocated Workers with Family-Sustaining EmploymentGovernor Wolf Applauds State Board of Education for Endorsement of Computer Science StandardsGovernor Wolf Visits Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch Innovation Hub, Touts Entrepreneurship Opportunities in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Silgan Containers Expanding into Pennsylvania and Creating New Manufacturing Jobs in the Lehigh ValleyGovernor Wolf Announces $1 million in Funding for Scranton Downtown Revitalization ProjectGovernor Wolf to Modernize Outdated Overtime Rules to Strengthen the Middle Class and Provide Fairness for WorkersPennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan Receives Final ApprovalHighlights from Instagramcenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council Announces Blueprint for Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Direct Care Workforce

first_img May 09, 2019 Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council Announces Blueprint for Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Direct Care Workforce Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council (LTCC) released its Blueprint for Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Direct Care Workforce – a culmination of more than a year of work by the council and its committees to propose how to best address the commonwealth’s escalating direct care workforce crisis. The LTCC is a 35-member body charged with making recommendations on regulations, licensure, financing, or any other responsibilities of the departments and agencies that relate to Pennsylvania’s long-term services and supports system (LTSS).“Now is the time to take action on addressing Pennsylvania’s growing need for direct care workers,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I believe that many of the blueprint’s recommendations and strategies can be achieved through Restore Pennsylvania and my proposal to increase the minimum wage.”The Pennsylvania Council on Aging voted unanimously to support the blueprint and the goals it sets out to achieve. A letter of support for the blueprint will soon be sent from the Council on Aging, to Governor Wolf and the General Assembly.“Each Long-Term Care Council and committee member was essential to the development of the blueprint and ensuring a comprehensive approach,” said Acting Secretary of Aging Robert Torres. “As chair of the LTCC, I am grateful for everyone’s efforts to put forth goals and recommendations that drive much-needed change.”The blueprint was developed after the LTCC voted to adopt the priority of recruitment and retention of direct care workers during its meeting on August 24, 2017. The goals include providing a living wage, enhancing the utilization of technologies, raising awareness, improving data collection, enhancing workplace culture, expanding the pool of potential workers, and better equipping direct care workers to meet the challenges of the profession.Some of the recommendations to achieve these goals include:• Establishing a minimum starting wage of $15 an hour for direct care workers by 2025, with annual increases thereafter indexed to inflation.• Expanding the availability and coverage of technology supports for both direct care workers and LTSS participants by improving the dissemination of information on technology for direct care, and providing greater investment in existing state supported programs.• Establishing a standardized core training and credentialing system for direct care workers, which provides career pathways throughout the continuum of LTSS.All recommendations developed by the council and its four committees – Access, Outreach, Quality, and Workforce – are the result of dialogue with direct care workers, consumers, providers, managed care health plans, and workforce experts. These recommendations are reflected to a large extent in previous Pennsylvania-based reports.In addition, Gov. Wolf will be tasking the Workforce Development Command Center to explore and carry out other recommendations made by the council.The LTCC finalized the blueprint and voted unanimously to support it during its meeting on April 18. Support for the blueprint is representative only of the Long-Term Care Council’s position and does not signify support of the council members’ organizations.You can access the Blueprint for Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Direct Care Workforce by visiting the Department of Aging’s website under “related reports and studies.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more