Casey Unveils Bill to Match Unemployed With Skills Training for New, In-Demand Jobs

Casey Bill is Modeled After Pittsburgh’s Own Successful Manchester Bidwell Program

Casey: Manchester Bidwell Program is Creating Jobs, Boosting Pittsburgh’s Economy – It’s Time to Take it National

PITTSBURGH, PA – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today toured Manchester Bidwell Training Center and unveiled an innovative jobs bill that would help adults gain the skills employers are seeking to boost employment throughout the state. The bill is modeled after the work being done by Manchester Bidwell.

“My bill would create targeted, effective programs like those offered by Manchester Bidwell here in Pittsburgh to prepare workers for good paying jobs,” said Senator Casey. “The key to strengthening our economy and revitalizing our communities is jobs, and this bill would help prepare workers to fill jobs across Pennsylvania.”

Senator Casey’s National Program for Arts and Technology Act would provide education and training to unemployed adults and at-risk children so they are able to attain in-demand job skills.

The bill would authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to community-based organizations with a plan for developing a center that:

  • Provides education and training to underemployed and unemployed individuals
  • Meets quarterly performance goals, which may include:
    • students’ school attendance and behavior
    • recruitment and enrollment metrics
    • student outcomes and performance in training
    • job placement
  • Obtains non-federal matching dollars of at least 1:1

Senator Casey has been pushing for policies to prepare workers for the jobs of tomorrow. Last October, he visited Pittsburgh to unveil a bill to increase computer science education to prepare Americans for high-wage computing jobs.