Bucks County Community College Receives $2.5M School-to-Work Grant from Pa. Dept. of Labor and Industry

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Bucks is using Pa. grants to fund educational opportunities related to manufacturing careers.

The Bucks County Community College (Bucks) Center for Workforce Development’s (CWD) Industrial Skills Training Programs will be one of 12 recipients of the governor’s $2.5M School-to-Work Grant. CWD’s Industrial Skill Training Programs are designed to give students hands-on experience in manufacturing, leading to preapprentice opportunities that can result in life-sustaining career opportunities upon graduation.

Preapprentice Training

To meet employers’ demand for workers skilled in electro-mechanical (mechatronics) and machining fundamentals, Bucks offers its Metalwork and Industrial Maintenance preapprentice training programs to high-school seniors, recent high-school graduates, and others who are looking to kickstart a career in advanced manufacturing

Bucks is pleased to announce that the training will take place beginning in February of 2023 at the new Center for Advanced Technologies, a state-of-the-art, up-to-the-minute, high-tech learning environment on Bucks’ Lower Bucks campus in Bristol.

The highly successful industrial skills trainings will have a modified schedule to better accommodate high-school seniors and recent graduates.

Through this free opportunity, high-school seniors can graduate as preapprentices in a skilled trade with excellent job prospects. The programs maintain over a 90 percent job-placement rate for graduates.

Start of a Lucrative Career

“We are so pleased to be able to offer a career path for graduating high-school seniors in which they can start a rewarding and lucrative career after graduation from one of our Industrial Skills Training Programs. These career training programs bring together employers and trained talent.

“Bucks continues to strive to provide education and career opportunities for people whether they are seeking a degree or aiming to go directly to the workforce,” said Dr. Felicia L. Ganther, President of Bucks County Community College.

Through the school-to-work grant, the training is free to participants.

Unemployed and underemployed individuals will also be eligible for free training if they meet grant requirements. Ideal candidates are mechanically inclined, like to work with their hands, solve problems, and are looking to start a lucrative career.

The Industrial Skills programs boast a 93 percent graduation and 92 percent placement rates with students earning at least $20 per hour (with benefits) upon graduation. 


The program requires that participants:

  • Be U.S. citizens or possess Green Cards
  • Be at least 18 years old by the start date in February 2023
  • Have a high-school diploma or GED or be on track to earn one by the end of program
  • Pass an electro/mechanical aptitude test, drug screening, background check, and a physical test
  • Attend coursework daily, reporting on time
  • Have reliable transportation to commute to training and to a variety of industry field trips

Funds from this award are part of the more than $2.5 million in the School-to-Work grant through the Pa. Department of Labor & Industry.