Feb. 22, 2023

BERKS COUNTY – Rep. Jamie Barton (R-Berks/Schuylkill) is pleased to announce the Berks County Workforce Development Board has received a nursing initiative grant of $176,155 to help address the many workforce challenges in communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our Pennsylvania health care workers have provided unparalleled service and life-saving care to our Commonwealth before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Barton. “I am honored this funding is being awarded to such a hardworking, deserving and essential industry. Lastly, I want to say thank you to all our health care workers for your continued tireless work and efforts.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded nearly $700,000 in grant funding to three Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership programs across Pennsylvania. This grant program, as part of the COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Initiative (NWI) and funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), blends the registered apprenticeship and industry partnership models.

Specifically, these programs help prepare individuals for positions as home health aides, certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, and other in-demand jobs to help relieve staffing shortages in hospitals.

Representative Jamie Barton
124th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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