WILKES-BARRE — The Times Leader has received a $30,000 state grant to be used for workforce development and training.
Announced Tuesday, that award from the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA) was among five grants to area companies totalling $68,650.
“Receiving this grant is exciting,” Times Leader Media Group Publisher Mike Murray said. “We will now be able to provide our employees with development programs that can be individualized for groups based on career paths.”
At the Times Leader, the grant funds will be used to focus on training and development for all levels of the organization: basic computer skills, enhanced sales training and leadership coaching.
WEDnetPA is an alliance of educational providers across Pennsylvania, including State System universities, community colleges and other educational providers, that acts as a delivery mechanism for workforce training grants.
Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development through Pennsylvania’s appropriation to the PA First fund.
The training is for full-time employees who earn at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage, or roughly $10.88 per hour. They also must be Pennsylvania residents who are employed in the state.
The training must be completed by June 30, 2019.
Times Leader Human Resources Director Amy Kosch spearheaded the application process, which was done with assistance from the Hanover Township-based Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides professional services to manufacturers. The Times Leader qualifies as a manufacturer based on its printing operations, Kosch explained.
The company previously received similar funding in the early 2000s, Kosch added.
The other area recipients were:
• Advertising Outsourcing Services, $7,000.
• Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, $11,000.
• InterMetro Industries Corp., $18,900.
• Itoh Denki USA Inc., $1,750.