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U.S. LABOR SECRETARY TOURS PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROJECT

 YORK, Pa., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- U. S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich visited several job sites here today to learn more about Pennsylvania's nationally acclaimed Youth Apprenticeship Program.
 Reich discussed the structure of the program with state and local officials during a morning meeting in York, then toured two industrial firms where students are serving apprenticeships.
 Under the program launched by Gov. Robert P. Casey in 1991, students spend two days a week at a worksite learning a trade under a skilled craftsman and the other three days studying a specially designed work-related curriculum in the classroom. They are paid for their time on the job.
 "One of the biggest challenges for educators in the 21st century will be training a skilled workforce for technical occupations that will be an important job source," said state Secretary of Education Donald M. Carroll.
 "In Pennsylvania, we're meeting that challenge through a cooperative effort of business, education, labor and government."
 Currently, 79 employers are participating in the program at six regional sites -- York, Lancaster, Montgomery and Lycoming counties, and Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Nine new regional sites will be added this year, with a significant increase in participating employers expected.
 Funding has been supplied through state, federal and private sources. New sites receive start-up grants, and the state provides ongoing administrative support.
 Pennsylvania's efforts have been recognized nationally. ABC-TV's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings aired a five-minute segment on the project in December, and it was the cover story of the Feb. 1 issue of Industry Week magazine.
 The Clinton Administration has been examining the possibility of creating a broad-scale apprenticeship system.
 Reich and U.S. Rep. William Goodling of Jacobus met with Carroll, state Labor and Industry Secretary Thomas P. Foley, state Commerce Secretary Andrew T. Greenberg, Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program Director Jean Wolfe, and Jack Minnich, executive director of MANTEC, Inc., the Industrial Resource Center that sponsors the York and Lancaster projects.
 The group also discussed the York program with local employers, educators, community and government leaders, parents and students. Reich and Goodling then toured two apprenticeship worksites -- Billet Tool Co. in York, which performs specialized, precision machining for large industrial firms, and Donsco Co. in Wrightsville, which manufactures finished cast iron products.
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