Changing Workforce

'Careers in 2 Years' aims to expand Pa. manufacturing workforce

By Reading (Pa.) Eagle

Sep 08, 2015

Many of today's manufacturing positions are not the same as the ones sought after by your grandparents' generation. Most require skills that may require technical training or attaining an associate degree.

With this skills gap in the current workforce in mind, the Greater Reading (Pa.) Economic Partnership its economic development partners created the Careers in 2 Years campaign, designed in part to raise the prestige associated with technical programs.

"For someone to go to a community college is no less viable than a four-year degree," GREP President and CEO Jon C. Scott said. "The reality is, someone who gets out of a trade school can immediately start making $50,000 a year, while someone graduating with a liberal arts degree may only be making half of that."

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