HARRISBURG, Pa. (ErieNewsNow) - Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the Warren County Career Center will receive $117,000 to introduce high school students to the manufacturing industry as an alternative to traditional higher education. 

“Pursuing a career in the manufacturing industry is the right choice for many students; they just need the opportunity to see what the field is all about,” said Gov. Wolf. “Pennsylvania has many lucrative manufacturing job opportunities and providing the chance for students to learn about this career path is critical for it to remain a key industry within the commonwealth,” Wolf added. 

The Warren County Career Center is an area vocational-technical school serving the students of the Warren County School District’s Central Attendance Area. The center provides training in several vocational fields to students in grades ten through twelve. 

The funding, made available through the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant Program (MTTC), aims to help students discover other options outside of attending a college or university. 

"The Warren County Career Center and the Warren County School District are very excited about this opportunity,” said James Evers, director of the Warren County Career Center. “We believe it will provide a benefit for both our students and our community. Students will be exposed to industrial career opportunities beyond the single, technical field. This will open the door of manufacturing to other students who may have never considered it as an option. We believe this has the potential of changing how career and technical education is provided in our district,” he added. 

The Warren County Career Center will be filling a new part-time position and purchasing additional equipment, tools, and other materials with the new funds. 

Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017 and has funded 82 projects and invested more than $17.3 million through the MTTC program.