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Posted on: February 9, 2022

MontcoWorks Receives Grant to Connect High School Students with Local Industry


NORRISTOWN, PA – The Montgomery County Commerce Department announced today that MontcoWorks, the County’s local workforce development board, has received funding to develop and strengthen the collaboration between high school educators, students, and local employers. 

Along with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU), MontcoWorks will expand its Business Education Partnership with a new initiative to connect local high schools and their students with employers through job shadowing and industry tours in healthcare, construction and manufacturing. 

“We are at a crucial crossroads in workforce development, both nationally and right here in Montgomery County,” said Jennifer Butler, Deputy Director of Workforce Development for the Montgomery County Commerce Department. “It is imperative that we take action now that guides our next generation of workers to Careers of Tomorrow.”

The Business Education Partnership has supported career development content for public and private schools throughout Montgomery County since 2016. Projects supported by the partnership have included in-person and virtual content for students in middle and high schools. With this additional grant funding, MCIU will facilitate industry tours and job shadowing activities for high school students in districts throughout Montgomery County, beginning this fall. The end goal of this collaboration is to create a better understanding of each entities’ needs, while working together to create tool kits that businesses everywhere can utilize to offer more enriching work based learning experiences. 

“With mass shortages in the labor force and high school students continuing to accrue astronomical amounts of student debt, it’s essential that educators and local employers collaborate. By working together, we can create sustainable career pathways for our students,” said Dan Chominski, MontcoWorks Now Program Administrator at MCIU. 

The program is being funded by $118,107 in Business Education Partnership (BEP) grant funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. BEP grants allow local workforce areas to develop innovative programming that aligns the education and workforce systems, meeting current and future labor demand.

About MontcoWorks
MontcoWorks administers workforce programming that is designed to meet the diverse needs of employers and job seekers in Montgomery County. Additional program planning is underway, including a return to in-person career fairs and occupational resources for students, parents and educators to promote active and intentional career planning. For more information about how MontcoWorks is focusing efforts on talent pipeline development, contact Jennifer Butler at  

About MontcoWorks NOW
MCIU facilitates MontcoWorks NOW to serve at-risk youth and young adults who reside in Montgomery County, are between the ages of 14-24, and are presented with a significant barrier to completing or advancing in education or obtaining employment. MontcoWorks NOW provides comprehensive, year-round programs and services for eligible youth and young adults who are either in school, have left school without a diploma and are now motivated and re-engaged, or have graduated and are unemployed or underemployed.

Media Contact: Kelly Cofrancisco,

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