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PENNSYLVANIA LABOR AND INDUSTRY SECRETARY FOLEY ANNOUNCES $2.1 MILLION IN JOB TRAINING FOR OLDER PENNSYLVANIANS

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry Tom Foley today announced the distribution of $2.1 million in federal funds to provide older Pennsylvanians with job training programs and placement with private businesses.
 "Older Pennsylvanians offer a wealth of experience and job talent," Foley said. "These funds will enable many of our older citizens to contribute further to the economy of their community and the Commonwealth."
 The funds were made available under the federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA).
 Services to be provided will include aptitude and skills testing, basic and occupational skills training, on-the-job training, work experience, job development and job placement assistance, and supportive services.
 To be eligible, a person must be age 55 or older and economically disadvantaged, or face serious barriers to employment and have income of no more than 125 percent of the poverty level as mandated in the Older Americans Act of 1965.
 The economically disadvantaged include people receiving cash welfare assistance or food stamps, people whose family income is under the poverty level, the homeless or people with disabilities who meet the income requirements.
 Barriers to employment include basic skills or educational deficiencies, disabilities, homelessness, substance addiction or a criminal record.
 The funds are being distributed by the Labor and Industry Department to authorized job training agencies in all 28 JTPA Service Delivery Areas in Pennsylvania.
 The allocation of funds by Service Delivery Area is:
 Service Delivery Area Funding
 Erie County $ 39,811
 Northwest(A) 87,621
 Pittsburgh 85,000
 Allegheny County 119,608
 Beaver County 28,379
 Tri-County(A) 55,972
 Fayette/Westmoreland 74,891
 Washington/Greene 64,404
 North Central(A) 92,340
 Southern Alleghenies(A) 158,624
 Mid-State(A) 108,378
 Northern Tier(A) 35,209
 Lackawanna County 59,402
 Pocono Counties(A) 58,405
 Luzerne/Schuykill 82,389
 Philadelphia 329,879
 Bucks County 50,081
 Montgomery County 40,773
 Delaware County 44,216
 Chester County 37,284
 Lehigh Valley(A) 77,415
 Berks County 35,367
 SETCO(A) 119,639
 Lancaster County 53,426
 York County 29,800
 Franklin/Adams 33,825
 Mercer/Lawrence 59,915
 Northumberland/Montour 45,607
 Total: $2,107,660
 (A) - Counties covered by these Service Delivery Areas
 Northwest -- Clarion, Crawford, Forest, Venango, Warren
 Tri-County -- Butler, Armstrong, Indiana
 North Central -- Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean,
 Potter
 Southern Alleghenies -- Fulton, Bedford, Blair, Cambria,
 Huntingdon, Somerset
 Mid-State -- Mifflin, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Columbia,
 Snyder, Union
 Northern Tier -- Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga, Wyoming
 Pocono Counties -- Wayne, Monroe, Carbon, Pike
 Lehigh Valley -- Lehigh, Northampton
 SETCO -- Dauphin, Perry, Lebanon, Cumberland, Juniata
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 -0- 9/9/93
 /CONTACT: John Currie of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/


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