PA Dream Team logo Clearfield and Jefferson countiesNorthwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) and Workforce Solutions are working collaboratively with industry, schools, and area stakeholders to promote innovative programs that feature technical careers and career/technical education to students, parents, and educators. They are launching the PA Dream Team pilot program in Jefferson and Clearfield Counties.

This Dream Team will ultimately consist of 10-15 members, representing area manufacturing companies, who will be trained to tell their career pathway stories to K-12 students in the classroom using presentation materials, hands-on activities, and lesson plans that align with academic standards. The purpose of the PA Dream Team Program is to improve the talent pool of students pursuing technical skills and increase the number of students interested in STEM careers so that projected workforce demands and opportunities at area manufacturing companies are filled with the right skilled employees. The most effective way to expose area students to STEM careers, technology, and modern manufacturing environments is by meeting young successful employees who work in the field.

This new PA Dream Team is comprised of employees mostly under the age of 30 working at area manufacturing companies. By serving on this collaborative and innovative ambassador team, they help unlock interest among students to consider similar STEM careers. Dream Team members will eventually be available for presentations at area schools and community events to talk with students about their own path to manufacturing.

The original PA Dream Team Program in Lehigh Valley PA, created by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) and powered by Bosch Community Fund and Air Products, collectively presents to more than 2500 students annually in two counties and are featured at community events.

For individuals or companies interested in getting involved with the Dream Team for Jefferson and Clearfield Counties, please reach out to one of the program contacts:

Colleen Prechtl, Workforce Solutions: cprechtl@ncwdb.org
Jocelyn Bash, Workforce Solutions: jbash@ncwdb.org
Laurie Knoll, NWIRC: lknoll@nwirc.org
Tom Weible, NWIRC: tweible@nwirc.org