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Penn Community Bank recently donated $25,000 to support the Montcoworks Apprenticeship Program at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC).
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Montgomery County Community College’s apprenticeship program receives $25,000

The MontcoWorks Apprenticeship Program will provide education to students for high demand positions.

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Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) has received a donation from Penn Community Bank for MCCC’s Workforce Development Division’s new MontcoWorks Apprenticeship Program (MAP) totalling $25,000.

The new program is an “earn-while-you-learn” that offers MCCC students workforce skills at no cost.

Students are able to train alongside experienced professionals, receive mentorship, guidance, and earn a steady income from a partnering employer.

Upon completion of the program, students will receive an industry-recognized credential and 36 college credits.

“Penn Community Bank’s generous donation to the MontcoWorks Apprenticeship Program is an important investment in the well-being of our communities and the regional economy. MAP will ensure future generations have sustainable career pathways, which provide a better life for themselves and their families,” said MCCC President Dr. Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez, in a statement.

“Similarly, employers gain the skilled workforce needed to stay competitive in the global market. The College greatly appreciates Penn Community Bank’s support of our students and this innovative earn-to-learn program,” she continued.

The donation will go towards covering the costs in training mentors for industry partners on how best to mentor students.

The MAP will begin with a 24-month industrial mechanic maintenance apprenticeship program: the maintenance of industrial machinery across industries, such as pharmaceuticals, automotive parts, and food processing.

As these positions are facing a shortage, MAP chose this to embody their goal in creating a pathway for students to obtain high-priority occupations within and beyond Montgomery County, PA.

“Connecting employers and jobseekers just makes sense. As a corporate citizen and vital part of the community, it’s our job to support and expand job training efforts in the region to ensure a strong local economy for generations to come,” said Penn Community Bank Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing, and Impact Officer Bernard Tynes.

“We’re grateful for MCCC’s leadership in this space and proud to continue our regional support for job training and workforce development,” he added.

MCCC intends to expand MAP and partner with area nonprofit organizations, school districts, and career and technical development centers to provide more opportunities for students.

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