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Mysterious attendance cycles in Cory’s shearwater, Calonectris diomedea: an exploration of patterns and hypotheses

Several species of seabirds show cyclic patterns of attendance at their nesting colonies. We examined the patterns of variation in the numbers of Cory’s shearwater at three colonies (two oceanic and one located on the continental shelf), including the world’s largest, at Selvagem Grande, Madeira, Portugal and considered several hypotheses concerning their causal mechanisms. At Selvagem Grande, cycles were exceptionally marked and regular, with a periodicity ranging from 7.8 to 11 days, and involved both breeders and nonbreeders. In contrast, variation in numbers was aperiodic at a nearby and much smaller colony (Selvagem Pequena), and also at the colony located off the Portuguese coast (Berlenga Island). We found no relationships between number of birds ashore and environmental variables such as wind direction and speed or lunar cycle. Cycles did not seem to be driven by oscillations in food availability or accessibility, given that they did not correlate with daily chick growth rates (which were acyclic) or diet. Despite their regularity, cycles were slightly out of phase in different sectors of Selvagem Grande, which suggests that social interactions at the colony could act as an entrainment agent for an endogenous rhythm, and so cycles are probably more likely to occur in large and dense colonies. Observations are consistent with the hypothesis that cycles facilitate social interactions by maximizing the probability of encounters at the colony. However, the exact mechanisms through which these remarkable cycles are controlled are still completely unknown, and clearly further research is needed. (C) 2009 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. read more

Quasi-biennial oscillation influence on long-period planetarywaves in the Antarctic upper mesosphere

Long-period planetary wave data derived from meteor wind observations recordedover a 12-year period with the SuperDARN radar at Halley, Antarctica, are presentedand compared with the phase of the quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) throughout theequatorial stratosphere. Enhanced planetary wave activity in the Antarctic uppermesosphere is found during the summer months, when the QBO in the equatorial upperstratosphere is westerly, and during the late winter, when the QBO in the upperstratosphere is easterly. These quasi-biennial enhancements in planetary wave activitycoincide with a reduction in strength, by up to 30%, of the late-winter eastward winds inthe Antarctic upper mesosphere. In addition, when the QBO is in the correct phase forenhanced planetary wave activity in the upper mesosphere above Halley, planetary waveactivity measured in the upper mesosphere of the high-latitude Northern Hemisphere isreduced (and vice versa). These results clearly indicate significant interhemisphericpropagation of planetary waves from the winter to summer hemispheres. Observationalevidence that the stratospheric QBO induces a strong enough QBO in the equatorial uppermesosphere to act as a gate to the interhemispheric propagation of these long-periodwaves is discussed in light of these results. read more

Mayor’s Message: Sept. 20

first_imgDear Friends,Ocean City yesterday held a major bond sale, and we’ll pay a net interest rate of just 2.2 percent on the bonds that will allow us to maintain our aggressive program of road and drainage improvements and other infrastructure projects.Ocean City received 41 bids from nine different banks and financial institutions through a competitive process. Bonds in the amount of $85 million will be awarded to JP Morgan Securities. The outstanding interest rate was a result of the stable and conservative financial practices that led the Standard and Poor’s Rating Services to assign the city an “AA” bond rating.Due to hitting the market at an ideal time, the city also will save $300,000 to $400,000 over what we would have expected to pay if we had held this bond sale earlier in the year.Ocean City’s bond rating is among the highest of any shore community in the State of New Jersey. It is based on our sizable tax base and annual revenue, consistent finances, strong fund balance, good management practices, and low overall debt compared to market value.This is outstanding news for Ocean City. Our taxpayers have been well-served by the fact that the city team and City Council continue to follow sound financial management practices.I will be holding a town hall meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Ocean City Tabernacle. I will break the meeting into two sessions. The first will be an update on our 2019-2020 bayside dredging plans. At 10:30 a.m., we will switch over for an update on our island-wide flood mitigation plans. Everybody is invited to learn more about this important work.I want to remind everybody to use caution on the Route 52 causeway, Bay Avenue and Fifth Street on Saturday as thousands of bicyclists participating in the MS City to Shore Ride arrive in Ocean City.This annual event raises millions of dollars for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I hope you’ll welcome the riders, thank them, and make them feel at home here in Ocean City. Many will spend the night and make the return trip on Sunday morning.I also want to remind you that detours will be in effect for both directions of Bay Avenue between 24th Street and 34th Street starting on Monday as the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority continues its wastewater main replacement project. Please follow signs and use West Avenue for travel across this part of town.The forecast also looks great for the Corvette Show 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Boardwalk from Sixth Street to 14th Street. It’s always fun to stroll the boards and check out these great cars.Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards will be on duty at eight beaches this weekend. Their season will end after Sunday.I hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Investment in low-energy baking

first_imgC-Tech Innovation is to share a pot of money set aside for investment in sustainable manufacturing, for the development of a low-energy baking system.The firm, together with its partners, has been developing a system based on a two-step process, which consists of an accelerated conventional baking stage, followed by a novel post-baking cooling step.It is believed the reduction in baking time achieved using this process could reduce the overall energy consumption of the sector by 20%.The £7m funding pot is to be shared between 70 companies, universities and research organisations, which are undertaking research that could lead to the development and commercialisation of innovative approaches to sustainable manufacturing for the process industry.last_img read more

Blue

first_img 11Science Center plants show steely optimism against a steely background.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Harpist Erin Arai ’08 calls her bagged harp “the giant blue mitten.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 6A horse and rider appear in color as they pass a barn window filled with work tools at Verrill Farm, where the Harvard Equestrian Club rides.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Look through a frosted window in subzero temperatures to see winter skies in Harvard Square and at Dudley House, beyond. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 4The deep hues of a stained glass window at Harvard Divinity School frame a passerby. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Under a clear sky, in a class titled “Winter Tree Observations,” Christina Curtis feels the soft bud of a pussy willow tree against her cheek.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Blue velvet is worn by Sir Matthew Holworthy (c. 1608-1678), captured in oil on canvas.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 5A magical pane of Divinity Hall stained glass.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Australian butterflies preserved inside the Museum of Comparative Zoology.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Light beats down on Oakes Ames, who was a professor of botany and “dedicated his life to Harvard University.” The bust in his image wears a visitor’s pin at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 1The color of the sky setting on the Charles River at twilight. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer In some languages, there are no separate words for blue and green; linguists call these colors simply, “grue.” Yet, in English, we have subcategories for every imaginable blue hue: sky-blue, azure, pale blue, navy, periwinkle, turquoise, baby blue, midnight blue, ultramarine, cobalt, grey-blue, true blue, and many more. Scientists tell us blue light will reset body rhythms for sounder sleep and higher alertness. Blue is sky and water; eyes and stones; slumber and spring — with summer right behind. 9A tinted pane of glass reflects an overcast day at Memorial Church.Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 2The curve of the pillars and the curve of fallen snow are outlined against a Harvard Stadium walkway. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Shades of indigo fill the sky at Peter’s Hill in the Arboretum, where the view of Boston is spectacular. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Zebrafish swirl in the Davidson Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Blue light is better than white for resetting body rhythms scrambled by jetlag and shift work.Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Green and yellow lily pads float in a blue pond at the Arboretum.Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Sun speckles illuminate this rower under Weeks Bridge.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Samantha Faulkner was inspired by Picasso’s “Mother and Child” when she drew this picture and wrote, “A mother and son Sleeping together Maybe forever Gentle mother caring son Shades of blue Faces as pale as the moon …” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 20In the mostly green world of the Arnold Arboretum, Ian Brenner, age 2, and dad Jonathan add blue.Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

FARC Using Emerging Media Platforms to Disseminate Message

first_img Thus, the FARC website has become the guerrillas’ official media outlet. Ironically, the site is hosted in Arizona, United States, a country that is the declared enemy of the FARC. The web has become one of the safest places for the guerrilla, which practically put an end to direct contacts with the press out of fear that they might be located if they use other communications systems, as happened to FARC spokesman Raul Reyes in 2008, when he was killed during a bomb attack in Ecuador, where he was found thanks to his satellite phone. Its last message on the social network, which was reproduced in diverse communications media outlets, announced Langlois’s “prompt release.” By Dialogo May 15, 2012 With communiques signed from “the mountains of Colombia,” websites, and even a Twitter account, the FARC guerrillas are also fighting on the web, a space that is more agitated than ever since they captured the French reporter Romeo Langlois on April 28. The FARC, the oldest guerrilla group in Latin America, founded by campesinos and leftist intellectuals in 1964, is currently taking advantage of the new technologies to send its messages, with the expected frequency when dealing with hostages. “Our website is continually attacked and blocked; our radio stations are bombed to dust,” denounced the FARC secretariat in the text. In addition, the blocs have websites that they are continually moving from one address to another due to the official cybernetic pursuit, he added. center_img Other websites that share its line of thought also reproduce the FARC’s communications, such as Anncol (New Colombia News Agency), and its blog, or even the Bolivarian Press Agency. But, according to Avila, the Twitter messages must be taken “with much precaution.” The FARC (communists) “managed to adapt to the communications media, which allow them to give much faster replies than they used to,” explained Alfredo Rangel, director of the Security and Democracy Foundation. The activity on the web is so varied that in recent days a Twitter FARC account emerged with some 5,000 followers, the authenticity of which has neither been confirmed nor denied by its commanders. This researcher believes that they are written by somebody close to the guerrilla commanders, but he recalled that the FARC are “a collective body, not an NGO where somebody might post a tweet. It would be as if every general were to say on Twitter what they believe has to be done in the Army.” In fact, a Twitter account with the name of Timochenko, the same as the alias of the FARC’s top leader Timoleón Jimenez, has emerged. But in this case it would seem to merely be the gesture of an admirer.last_img read more

Man charged in connection to Endicott shooting

first_imgThe Endicott Police Department says 43-year-old Antwan Goodman was charged with assault in the first degree, a class B felony and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a class C felony. Authorities say this is in connection to a shooting that occurred around 9 p.m. on June 2, at 1703 E. Main St. They say 26-year-old man was hit by one round and taken to the hospital. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Police Department has charged a man in connection to a shooting that occurred on Tuesday, June 2.center_img The police department says the shooting was related to a dispute that occurred earlier that day.last_img read more

Match Report – NSW 34 – 10 Queensland

first_imgThe Maroons suffered an early blow when they lost Cameron Munster after he failed a HIA test but the Blues, led by Nathan Cleary, were exceptional.- Advertisement – The game was beginning to get niggly and boiled over when Payne Haas and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui came to blows and were both sin-binned.There was a hint of possible fightback from the Maroons when Papali’I powered over, but Cleary had the final word with a penalty for a dominant win. New South Wales beat Queensland 34-10 in game two of the 2020 State of Origin series to take the series to a decider in Brisbane next Wednesday.The Maroons went ahead through a brilliant Xavier Coates try but the Blues put the foot down and hit back with tries from Cody Walker, James Tedesco and Josh Addo-Carr for a well-deserved 18-4 lead at the break.They continued in the same vein in the second half as Jack Wighton and Daniel Tupou went over. Queensland managed to score a second through Josh Papali’I but Addo-Carr scored his second for a convincing win.- Advertisement – Tyson Frizell and Jake Trbojevic celebrate the Blues win The decider will take place on Wednesday, November 18 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. Cleary was under massive pressure from the first game with many calling for him to be dropped, however, he proved his critics wrong with a man-of-the-match performance.The early exchanges were brutal with both sides carrying hard and it was Queensland who struck first with Coates producing a wonderful finish in the corner. Nathan Cleary answered his critics with an impressive display for the Blues Nathan Cleary answered his critics with an impressive display for the Blues

COVID-19: West Java medical personnel forced to use raincoats in lieu of hazmat suits

first_imgDue to the limited availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hazmat suits, medical personnel from a state-owned hospital in Tasikmalaya, West Java were forced to wear disposable plastic raincoats when transporting patients under observation for COVID-19. Medical personnel from the Soekardjo Regional General Hospital were seen wearing blue plastic raincoats while transferring a suspected COVID-19 patient to an ambulance on Saturday. The patient was about to be transferred to the Gunung Jati general hospital. “Yes, it’s true that our staff were wearing normal raincoats,” Tasikmalaya Health Agency head Uus Supangat said on Wednesday as reported by tribunnews.com. “The city [administration] bought 100 plastic raincoats at the store for a total of Rp 1 million [US$69].” Uus said his agency was aware that raincoats did not provide sufficient protection when moving suspected COVID-19 patients according to standard operational procedures, but they forced to use what was at hand because proper PPEs were not available at the time.“Right now there are only 10 sets of PPEs [in the city] and they are spread around several hospitals in Tasikmalaya,” he said.Tasikmalaya Mayor Budi Budiman confirmed the limited supply of PPEs in Tasikmalaya and said his administration had requested that the Health Ministry provide additional equipment. (roi)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 51 PAsmart Job Training Grants in South Central and Southeast Pennsylvania

first_img Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Building on his plan to expand job training for Pennsylvanians, Governor Tom Wolf today announced more than $5.3 million in the first PAsmart Apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants for south central and southeast Pennsylvania. The governor launched PAsmart last year to increase STEM and computer science education, apprenticeship and job training to prepare workers with the skills that growing businesses need.“Building the strongest workforce in the nation requires a flexible workforce development system that adapts to meet employers’ needs,” said Gov. Wolf. “These PAsmart grants will provide innovative career development opportunities for students, workers, and job seekers to equip them with the skills and credentials that regional employers are seeking.”The grants, totaling more than $1 million for the south central region and more than $4.3 million for southeast Pennsylvania, will support job training in building and construction, early childhood education, information technology, maintenance, and advanced manufacturing in those regions through both apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships. Apprenticeships provide hands-on opportunities for workers to learn skills while earning a paycheck. Next Generation Industry Partnerships connect employers in the same industry to provide job training.PAsmart grants have been awarded this year through the Department of Education to bolster STEM and computer science in schools, and through the Department of Labor & Industry to strengthen skills training programs throughout the commonwealth. Separate PAsmart grants to increase apprenticeships and job training have been announced in the northwest, southwest, northeast, and north central regions of the commonwealth.The governor’s budget unveiled last week builds on the success of PAsmart to create opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) expands early childhood development programs, increases investments in schools and educators, and partners with the private sector to build on the groundbreaking PAsmart initiative.The following are the PAsmart apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants awarded in south central Pennsylvania. To view full details, visit PAsmart Regional Grants.Lancaster General Hospital – A $68,484.31 apprenticeship grant was awarded to create an apprenticeship program for building maintenance technicians, creating a pipeline of experienced maintenance staff to support the regional area’s aging workforce. The program will bridge the skill gap between new graduates and experienced maintenance personnel and provide on-the-job training focused on technical and soft skills.Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology – A $70,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand the Academy’s capacity for training welding apprentices in Mifflin and Juniata Counties by providing an increased number of training stations for employers to have more apprentices and incumbent workers trained.The Manufacturers’ Association – A $77,050 apprenticeship grant was awarded to establish a registered apprenticeship ecosystem in south central Pennsylvania through expansion of employer participation (especially small manufacturers) and increasing the number of journey workers and apprentices.Shippensburg University – A $60,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to develop and convene a multi-employer consortium in the south central Pennsylvania region to promote the early childhood education apprenticeship program.ABC Keystone Chapter – A $67,182 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to support the ongoing programming of Berks Connections/Pretrial Services, an organization focused on improving employment participation of returning citizens through the development of a career pathway in the construction trades, as well as numerous evolving secondary and post-secondary partnerships and those that serve individuals with learning and emotional disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.The Manufacturers’ Association – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to grow the current manufacturing pre-apprenticeship program to expand into Lancaster County schools, raise awareness of career opportunities in manufacturing and create an apprentice talent pipeline for south central manufacturing companies by participating in career fairs, providing training for advanced placement of pre-apprentices in registered apprenticeship programs and offering additional credentials for program participants.TranZed Apprenticeships – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded for a tech support specialist pre-apprenticeship program designed to educate adults, youths and high school seniors to prepare them for specific entry level IT job roles within six months. Students learn both technical and business skills, earn multiple industry recognized certifications, a certificate of completion and up to eight college credits from the university for their future college education.JEVS Human Services – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to establish a TechServ Scholars AmeriCorps program for the region that will provide 15 pre-apprentices with nine college credits in IT/Security Operations training delivered by NuPaths@ Harrisburg University, IT industry-recognized certifications, and hands-on learning guided by professional mentors.NuPaths, LLC – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to maximize the impact of efforts on economic growth and improve the quality of education outcomes in the program’s five IT pathways and allow the organization to educate and train students in a role of “Network Technician.”NuPaths, LLC – A $50,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to maximize the impact of efforts on economic growth and improve the quality of education outcomes in the program’s five IT pathways and allow the organization to educate and train students in a role of “Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst.”NuPaths, LLC – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to provide a distance learning college alternative to prepare students throughout PA for well-paying IT jobs. Employer networks via NuPaths and TranZed will facilitate hiring of program graduates.Lancaster County Workforce Development Board – A $40,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the Building and Construction industries.TranZed Apprenticeship Services – A $45,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the business services industry.The Manufacturers’ Association – A $250,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an advanced manufacturing industry partnership.The following are the PAsmart apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants awarded in southeast Pennsylvania. To view full details, visit PAsmart Regional Grants.Aubrey Karoglan – An $149,780 apprenticeship grant was awarded to create a pipeline to entry-level employment through a healthcare industry apprenticeship as a certified medical assistant for students in Universal Audenried’s Health Related Technology Career and Technical Education program.Lehigh Career & Technical Institute – A $149,896 apprenticeship grant was awarded to increase the number of participants in the heavy equipment operator apprenticeship program in order to meet the workforce needs of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. member companies.Philadelphia Area Labor-Management Committee – A $150,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to serve more than over 20 different multi-employer apprenticeship programs affiliated with the 31 building trades on the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council. This proposal will also promote reforms of pre- and apprenticeship outreach and intake activities to increase the number of non-traditional apprenticeships, and to improve the completion rates of participants.Asbestos Workers Local Union No. 14 (DBA International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers JAC (LU14) Training Center) – A $70,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to re-evaluate, create, and implement an effective recruitment strategy for women to increase female applicants by 18 percent.Philadelphia Carpenters Joint Apprentice Committee (JAC) – A $50,346 apprenticeship grant was awarded to educate and train JAC apprentices in the following areas: occupational safety and health administration; process safety management in the petrochemical industry; mobile elevated work platform safety certification; and infectious containment risk assessment certification.IBEW Local Union 743 & Reading Division Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter NECA Apprentice Fund – A $50,346 apprenticeship grant was awarded to provide on-the-job training, classroom and lab instruction to apprentices to ensure they are proficient in installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of various electrical systems on commercial and industrial job sites.District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund – A $150,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to assist the Training Fund register, at least three new apprenticeship programs; transform at least two single-employer programs into group programs open to broader employer/apprentice enrollment; grow the number of health and human services employers sponsoring apprentices by at least 10; and enroll at least 50 new registered apprentices (RA) in new or existing programming.Arcadia University – A $150,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to the Arcadia’s RA program for early childhood education address statewide capacity building priorities by serving multi-employer programs; promoting a competency-base, non-traditional model of apprenticeship; and promoting non-traditional service delivery that increases the number of RA’s serving working adults.First Up – A $68,262 apprenticeship grant was awarded to the program and its partners to provide career paths in early childhood education.The Wistar Institute – A $50,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to promote instruction and hands-on job training for working adults, as well as traditional postsecondary education student populations, and promote similar competency-based, non-traditional models of biomedical research technician apprenticeship by providing guidance to other research institutions in the commonwealth.Philadelphia OIC – A $149,986 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded, in partnership with Flex Right Solutions, Inc., Temple University’s Lenfest North Philadelphia Skills Initiative, and has the support of the Energy Coordinating Agency and Temple’s College of Engineering, to offer an innovative pre-apprenticeship that produces FAA certified drone technology employees.JEVS Human Services – A $150,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to increase access to STEM career paths for high-poverty youth, and helps build the regional workforce. TechServ, in partnership with JEVS Human Services, will provide 15 pre-apprentices (youth ages 18-24 who are disconnected from work and school) with 300 plus hours of structured training in technical skills, IT industry-recognized certifications, and hands-on learning guided by professional mentors.Community College of Philadelphia – A $150,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand our career readiness programs to anticipate future workforce needs, increase female and minority student participation, and to develop the pre-apprentice program experience relevant to the training and industry standards.Bucks County Community College – A $100,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand the college’s existing industrial maintenance (IM) pre-apprenticeship training program to high school students and other out-of-school-youth, age 18-24, in Bucks County. The program will span 24-weeks, 3 hours per day for a total of 288 hours of Industrial Maintenance instruction.Tech Impact – A $100,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to propose the ITWorks pre-apprenticeship program to establish a direct pipeline for underserved post-secondary students ages 18 to 26 to a registered IT apprenticeship program. After successfully completing ITWorks, graduates can apply their pre-apprentice hours to a Registered IT Apprenticeship, move directly to placement in IT, or get credit at most colleges for their CompTIA A+ certification attainment.The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to provide a structured career path for youth and adults to advance entry into Arts2Work. The program, the first federally-registered National Apprenticeship Program in Media Arts + Creative Technologies, creates pipelines to jobs across diverse sectors including media, entertainment, journalism, advertising, and related fields.Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to Key Cultivate a regional talent pipeline for advanced manufacturing companies, primarily in Lehigh and Berks counties. LCCC and Reading Area Community College will partner to deliver certified production technician registered pre-apprenticeship programs that prepare participants for employment, lead to registered apprenticeship programs, and/or upskill newly hired incumbent workers for career pathway programs.School District of Philadelphia – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to The Urban Technology Project, which is comprised of an IT or AmeriCorps Junior apprenticeship program, to help increase exposure to CTE for students in 8th grade who are interested in technology and computer science. UTP is comprised of two programs;Berks Connections/Pretrial Services – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to continue the Rebuilding Reentrants and Reading program when U.S. Department of Labor seed funding expires. The program offers an opportunity for individuals with a criminal history to acquire skills in the construction trades that lead to gainful employment and assists with the renovation of one of the City of Reading’s blighted neighborhoods.Community College of Philadelphia – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded for an Industrial Maintenance Technician program. The program will provide participants with foundational knowledge in four areas: fluid power; industrial electricity; mechanical components; and programmable logic controllers.The Wistar Institute – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand the biomedical technician training program in a manner that will allow additional community college and underrepresented populations to experience the hands-on learning and include specialty training through the apprenticeship with potential employers in basic biomedical, biotechnical and biopharmaceutical research.District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund – A $45,950 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded for an ApprenticeshipPHL program, which plans to enroll 45 new behavioral health pre-apprentices between February 2019 and June 2020.Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc. (PYN) – A $45,950 pre-apprenticeship grant was awardedto expand the CVS Pharmacy Technician pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship program. Grant funds will be used to focus on increasing career paths into registered pharmacy technician pre-app/apprenticeships in collaboration with cross-sector partners in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties, including CVS Health, community colleges, workforce boards, School District of Philadelphia, and Job Corps.DVIRC – A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to create a consortium focused on the development of a pilot pre-apprenticeship program in the manufacturing sector.Philadelphia Area Labor-Management Committee – A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to establish a pipeline to RA programs focused on serving individuals served by community-based organizations, establish connections to existing joint construction industry registered apprenticeship program in the region, and to deliver both hands-on and instructional-based learning.District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund – A $300,000 Ambassador Network grant was awarded to establish a statewide system that supports early childhood education (ECE) apprenticeship. The Training Fund will launch five regional hubs that will customize, replicate, and grow ECE pre-/registered apprenticeship programs in their region and provide technical support to grow the program.Philadelphia Works (on behalf of ApprenticeshipPHL) – A $300,000 Ambassador Network grant was awarded to operate and oversee the proposed SEPA Region Registered Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, and bring together partners in the region to increase and align apprenticeship opportunities, develop apprenticeship pathways to careers, and connect employers, education, and the workforce.Greater Reading Chamber Alliance – A $44,662 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to engage 61 businesses and 31 public and community partners.Philadelphia Works – A $35,038 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the hospitality, leisure & entertainment industry.Philadelphia Works – A $45,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the advanced manufacturing industry.Delaware County Community College – A $45,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the logistics and transportation industry.Philadelphia Works – A $200,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an advanced manufacturing industry partnership.Chester County Economic Development Council – A $250,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an advanced manufacturing industry partnership.Chester County Economic Development Council – A $250,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support a business services industry partnership.Workforce Board Lehigh Valley – A $144,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an advanced manufacturing industry partnership.Chester County Economic Development Council – A $250,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support a health care industry partnership.Chester County Economic Development Council – A $220,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an energy industry partnership.To celebrate the PAsmart grants and investment in workforce development, L&I Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani toured Lancaster General Hospital and the Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center today and met with administrators and partners in the apprenticeship programs.“Apprenticeship programs are a great example of state agencies and local businesses working together to help meet regional employment needs,” said Cipriani. “Governor Wolf wants Pennsylvania businesses to have access to a world-class workforce and has proposed additional funding for the PAsmart initiative to further improve access to education, apprenticeships and training programs for students and workers.” Governor Wolf Announces 51 PAsmart Job Training Grants in South Central and Southeast Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img February 13, 2019last_img read more