Wednesday, March 21, 2012

County Council changes name of office, announces grant funding

Delaware County Council approved a motion Wednesday to rename the county’s Office of Employment and Training to the Office of Workforce Development.

County Councilwoman Colleen Morrone said the name change of the office will better align with the focus of the county to promote workforce development.

Workforce Development Office Director Frank Carey said his office has existed in some form for the past 30 years. Over the years, the office has changed names with the last change in the early 1980s.

Morrone also announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has awarded the renamed Office of Workforce Development with $218,500 in Rapid Response funding.

The funds will go toward services being provided for refinery workers at a temporary transition center that was set up at the United Steelworkers Union Hall in Linwood.

Specifically, the additional funds are needed for startup costs of the transition center, investments in job training and hiring providers to serve the refinery workers, according to the county's application.

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