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Careers in Two Years

Among the top competitive advantages a community can tout is a skilled and passionate workforce. In terms of driving economic development, a diverse, ambitious, and industrious population is an incredibly important part of both retaining existing businesses and attracting new ones. In light of this, Greater Reading Economic Partnership has consistently focused on workforce development as a top priority.

In 2009 and 2010, business retention and expansion interviews were conducted in Greater Reading. Out of 96 company interviews, 47% identified lack of skills, and more specifically, 26% identified lacking technical skills as a current workforce challenge.

Armed with this insight, GREP, along with our economic development partners, identified the lack of skilled workers as a critical need to nurturing economic prosperity in the Greater Reading area. We have continued to partner with the local career and technology centers in the area to solve this problem. Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center, Berks Career and Technology Center, and Reading Area Community College (RACC) all offer customizable training and retraining programs for companies or individuals on state of the art equipment. In order to generate awareness about the opportunities and jobs available to those with technical skills, GREP developed the Careers in 2 Years campaign.

Careers in 2 Years Focuses on:

Welding
Mechatronics
Carpentry
Robotics
Machining
CAD and drafting

Check out Pennyslvania Senator, Judith Schwank, talking about the importance of technical schools in the Commonwealth and the United States.

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