HARRISBURG — After securing the vast majority of his budget plan to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce, Governor Tom Wolf on Monday highlighted how his PAsmart initiative is preparing students and workers for good careers in emerging industries.
“Last year, I launched PAsmart as a new way to invest in education and job training so workers can get the skills to compete for the jobs of today and the future,” said Wolf. “By expanding PAsmart this year, we’re signaling to businesses that Pennsylvania is ready with the workers they need.”
Guided by the recommendations of businesses and workers, PAsmart makes strategic investments to help close the skills gap and train more people for jobs that employers need. This year, the governor secured a $10 million increase to $40 million for PAsmart.
“With PAsmart, Pennsylvania will have the most prepared and talented workforce in the country, which will help businesses succeed, grow the middle class, and strengthen the economy for everyone,” said Wolf. “We are partnering with private industry and schools to strategically invest in science and technology education, expand apprenticeships, and increase on-the-job training for good careers.”
In the inaugural year, the Wolf administration awarded nearly $10 million in PAsmart grants, of up to $35,000 each, to 765 schools to expand computer science classes and teacher training, and nearly $10 million in advancing grants, up to $500,000 each, to 24 schools and community partnerships. The remaining $10 million supported apprenticeships and job training.
The projects included CS/STEM camps and after-school programs; STEM programming for preK-2 students and classrooms; a mobile fabrication lab where students gain hands-on experience in coding and robotics; the expansion of a western Pennsylvania STEM lending library to serve hundreds of school districts, and support for diversity and inclusion on esports teams in high-need areas.
To celebrate STEM learning, the governor visited with students at a summer STEM camp at Harrisburg University of Science & Technology. The students are learning to use drones to benefit agriculture, including to create highly accurate aerial photos and maps using Global Positioning Systems and Geospatial Information Systems technologies.
FREE COMMUNITY MEAL will be held Tuesday, July 9 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany hall, 304 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre. The meal will be a summer picnic. Menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, three salads, chips, desserts and beverages. All are welcome for a homecooked meal and fellowship.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES, VILLAGE OF WAVERLY, will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, 32 Ithaca St., Waverly.
CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by the Law Office of Leslie Wizelman and the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, meets at noon on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at The Wellness Room, 3rd floor of the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Personal Care Home in Towanda. Anyone taking care of a family member or loved one, be it at home or as a resident of a long-term care facility, are welcome. For information, call Kathy Morrison at the Law Office of Leslie Wizelman at (570) 746-3844, or Carol Dieffenbach at the Area Agency on Aging at (570) 265-6121. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 9.
BURN SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Union Corners Methodist Church, Towanda (from the Dandy Mini Mart in North Towanda, follow James Street up the hill about 3 miles, church is on the left). The group will be open to burn survivors and their caregivers. For more information, contact Bill at (570) 485-8838 or email@example.com.
ATHENS SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB will hold its summer luncheon on Wednesday, July 10 at noon at the Fortune Buffet, Elmira Street, Athens Township.
DuPONT RETIREES will meet for lunch at the Blue Dolphin in Apalachin, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 10 at 11:30 a.m.
FREE SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM is held Mondays through Fridays in Sayre High School cafeteria. Breakfast and lunch are free for ages 18 and younger. Breakfast from 8:30-9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Participants do not have to be enrolled in Sayre Rec Program and do not have to live in Sayre.
FREE SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM in Tioga County, N.Y., has two sites serving free breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. Open to youths ages 18 and younger. Meals available for adults accompanying children. At Waverly High School (through Aug. 16), breakfast is held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and at East Waverly Park (through Aug. 2), breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
VALLEY OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Sayre Christian Church, corner of Lincoln Street and South Keystone Avenue, Sayre. There are no dues or fees required. No weigh-ins. Help with compulsive overeating. For more information, contact Lori at (570) 882-9716.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.-noon in the Athens United Methodist Church, 118 S. Main St. Volunteers welcome to make sleeping bags for the homeless. No skills needed. For more information call 888-0885 or 888-9053.
JUST FOR TODAY GROUP (NA) will meet Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Red Door Cafe, 359 Broad St., Waverly (across from old Waverly Police Station). Use side entrance.
PRINCIPLES BEFORE PERSONALITIES GROUP (AA), 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Held at Valley United Presbyterian Church, 459 Park Ave., Waverly. Open meeting.
A DRUG IS A DRUG IS A DRUG (NA) will meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Red Door Cafe, 359 Broad St., Waverly. Use side entrance.
SURVIVOR’S BIG BOOK/12 &12 MEETING (AA), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Trinity Episcopal Church Parsonage (across from church), 700 Main St., Athens.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Monday:
Cash 5: 14-19-35-40-43
Cash4Life: 07-15-19-45-55, Cash Ball: 3
Match 6 Lotto: 01-07-12-15-22-46
Pick 2 Day: 9-0, Wild: 5
Pick 2 Evening: 6-8, Wild: 5
Pick 3 Day: 0-6-7, Wild: 5
Pick 3 Evening: 2-1-8, Wild: 5
Pick 4 Day: 7-5-1-7, Wild: 5
Pick 4 Evening: 6-7-3-0, Wild: 5
Pick 5 Day: 7-8-6-8-1, Wild: 5
Pick 5 Evening: 5-4-5-6-1, Wild: 5
Treasure Hunt: 03-08-11-20-23
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — These New York lotteries were drawn Monday:
Numbers Midday: 4-4-6
Win 4 Midday: 8-5-5-9
Numbers Evening: 9-5-2
Win 4 Evening: 4-0-1-3
Pick 10: 09-14-16-20-23-30-35-36-38-41-47-53-55-57-62-63-65-67-72-73
Cash4LifeL: 07-15-19-45-55, Cash Ball: 3