|By PR Newswire||
|April 16, 2014 04:45 PM EDT||
HARRISBURG, Pa., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today visited Reading Area Community College (RACC) to further his administration's workforce development and job training efforts with local employers. The visit included a student-led tour of RACC's Schmidt Training and Technology Center pneumatics lab and a panel discussion on workforce development featuring local employers, educators and government officials.
"Through JOBS1stPA, we are supporting critical workforce development programs that help Pennsylvania workers secure family-sustaining jobs, and help employers find the highly-skilled workers to keep our economy growing," Corbett said.
RACC's Schmidt Training and Technology Center provides customized training programs that adjust to the changing needs of employers. Types of students that are trained include those from traditional post-secondary schools, students choosing new careers, and local manufacturing employees using RACC to fulfill employer training requirements.
"Through training programs such as those offered at RACC and the Schmidt Training and Technology Center, students are trained for the jobs that are in-need and available today," Corbett said.
The governor's proposed 2014-2015 budget focuses on a Talented Workers program to align education and workforce development with current job opportunities. Investments include:
- Pennsylvania First and WEDnetPA –Total funding for PA First is $42.5 million in 2014-15. WEDnetPA has supported training of more than 175,000 employees since PA First was created.
- Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) and Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIB) – $4 million in re-employment funds available to PREP regions and LWIBs to increase coordination between economic development and workforce development at a regional level.
- Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA TIP) - To close the skills gap, the PA TIP provides financial aid grants to meet workforce needs. This budget increases this investment from $5 million to $6 million. To date, grants have been awarded to more than 1,200 students.
- Jobs for All – The budget creates on-the-job-training reimbursement program, as a direct financial incentive to promote the hiring of young people with disabilities. The first phase of this initiative will help employers successfully hire up to 1,000 young people with disabilities. Also, $1 million in new state funds will allow for the drawdown of an additional $3.8 million in available federal funds, allowing the Department of Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to serve more people with disabilities seeking employment.
- JobGateway – JOBS1st PA will continue to connect job seekers and employers through JobGateway(SM), a free, user-friendly job matching website that helps Pennsylvanians looking for work find opportunities from tens of thousands of real-time job postings, find training for positions they have interest in and find out what industries are hiring in their region.
Corbett's proposed 2014-15 budget also provides a total of $1.62 billion for Pennsylvania's students and higher education institutions, including $212.2 million in operational funding and $47.9 million in capital funding for Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges.
With this budget, Corbett also launched the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program, which will provide an additional $25 million for middle income students who want to earn a two- or four-year degree. The Ready to Succeed scholarship would provide up to $2,000 to eligible students whose families earn up to $110,000. The scholarship program would be administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and would be in addition to the $345 million included in the budget for state grants funding for students.
"Through the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program, more students will be able to graduate career-ready from institutions like RACC and will be well-equipped to enter Pennsylvania's vibrant workforce," Corbett said.
Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway has also met with community colleges throughout the commonwealth, including Community College of Allegheny County, Reading Area Community College and Philadelphia Community College to discuss opportunities for workforce development and highlight Pennsylvania's job-matching site, JobGateway.
"The Corbett administration has been working with community colleges across Pennsylvania to help them form partnerships that create solid and sustainable connections with the business community," Hearthway said. "One of the technical tools being utilized in that effort is JobGateway, a website created to better connect people looking for work and local employers. Institutions like RACC's Schmidt Training and Technology Center address this issue by training students to fill positions that employers demand and help students achieve great careers."
At today's event, RACC President Dr. Anna Weitz and Bloomsburg President Dr. David Soltz signed a "Dual Admission Agreement," which will create specialized programs to allow students to begin their education at RACC and graduate with a bachelor's degree from Bloomsburg.
"In my Postsecondary Advisory Report, I have supported Dual Admission Agreements that allow students to transfer across the higher education system," said Corbett. "As an example, this great partnership between RACC and Bloomsburg will help graduates enter the workforce with the skills they need to secure family-sustaining jobs right here in Pennsylvania."
In addition to Gov. Corbett, participants of the panel discussion included Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway; Dr. Anna Weitz, President, Reading Area Community College; Robert Harrop, East Penn Manufacturing; David Niemkiewicz, Bayer HealthCare, LLC; Bonnie Spayd, Reading Area Community College; Guido Pichini, Security Guards, Inc.; David Patti, Pennsylvania Business Council; and Dr. David Soltz, President of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Valerie Caras, Governor's Office; 717-425-1044
Sara Goulet, Labor and Industry; 717-787-5279
Tim Eller, Education; 717-783-9802
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a technology designed to make DevOps easier and allow developers to focus on application development. The PaaS takes care of provisioning, scaling, HA, and other cloud management aspects. Apache Stratos is a PaaS codebase developed in Apache and designed to create a highly productive developer environment while also supporting powerful deployment options. Integration with the Docker platform, CoreOS Linux distribution, and Kubernetes container management system ...
Mar. 2, 2015 06:15 PM EST Reads: 424
There are many considerations when moving applications from on-premise to cloud. It is critical to understand the benefits and also challenges of this migration. A successful migration will result in lower Total Cost of Ownership, yet offer the same or higher level of robustness. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Michael Meiner, an Engineering Director at Oracle, Corporation, will analyze a range of cloud offerings (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and discuss the benefits/challenges of migrating to each of...
Mar. 2, 2015 06:00 PM EST Reads: 465
Cloud data governance was previously an avoided function when cloud deployments were relatively small. With the rapid adoption in public cloud – both rogue and sanctioned, it’s not uncommon to find regulated data dumped into public cloud and unprotected. This is why enterprises and cloud providers alike need to embrace a cloud data governance function and map policies, processes and technology controls accordingly. In her session at 15th Cloud Expo, Evelyn de Souza, Data Privacy and Compliance...
Mar. 2, 2015 05:30 PM EST Reads: 442
VictorOps is making on-call suck less with the only collaborative alert management platform on the market. With easy on-call scheduling management, a real-time incident timeline that gives you contextual relevance around your alerts and powerful reporting features that make post-mortems more effective, VictorOps helps your IT/DevOps team solve problems faster.
Mar. 2, 2015 05:00 PM EST Reads: 1,282
Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 9-11 will find fresh new content in a new track called PaaS | Containers & Microservices Containers are not being considered for the first time by the cloud community, but a current era of re-consideration has pushed them to the top of the cloud agenda. With the launch ...
Mar. 2, 2015 04:45 PM EST Reads: 649
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at Red Hat, will discuss why containers should be paired with new architectural practices such as microservices ra...
Mar. 2, 2015 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,498
Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, had reached 30,000 page views on his home page - http://RobertoMedrano.SYS-CON.com/ - on the SYS-CON family of online magazines, which includes Cloud Computing Journal, Internet of Things Journal, Big Data Journal, and SOA World Magazine. He is a recognized executive in the information technology fields of SOA, internet security, governance, and compliance. He has extensive experience with both start-ups and large companies, having been ...
Mar. 2, 2015 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,327
HP and Aruba Networks on Monday announced a definitive agreement for HP to acquire Aruba, a provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, for $24.67 per share in cash. The equity value of the transaction is approximately $3.0 billion, and net of cash and debt approximately $2.7 billion. Both companies' boards of directors have approved the deal. "Enterprises are facing a mobile-first world and are looking for solutions that help them transition legacy investme...
Mar. 2, 2015 04:00 PM EST Reads: 662
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focu...
Mar. 2, 2015 03:15 PM EST Reads: 1,437
Operational Hadoop and the Lambda Architecture for Streaming Data Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing...
Mar. 2, 2015 02:00 PM EST Reads: 1,412
SYS-CON Events announced today that Vitria Technology, Inc. will exhibit at SYS-CON’s @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Vitria will showcase the company’s new IoT Analytics Platform through live demonstrations at booth #330. Vitria’s IoT Analytics Platform, fully integrated and powered by an operational intelligence engine, enables customers to rapidly build and operationalize advanced analytics to deliver timely business outcomes ...
Mar. 2, 2015 01:45 PM EST Reads: 1,279
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, it is now feasible to create a rich desktop and tuned mobile experience with a single codebase, without compromising performance or usability.
Mar. 2, 2015 01:15 PM EST Reads: 1,201
SYS-CON Events announced today Arista Networks will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Arista Networks was founded to deliver software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center and computing environments. Arista’s award-winning 10/40/100GbE switches redefine scalability, robustness, and price-performance, with over 3,000 customers and more than three million cloud networking ports depl...
Mar. 2, 2015 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,592
The speed of software changes in growing and large scale rapid-paced DevOps environments presents a challenge for continuous testing. Many organizations struggle to get this right. Practices that work for small scale continuous testing may not be sufficient as the requirements grow. In his session at DevOps Summit, Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect of DevOps continuous test solutions at Spirent Communications, will explain the best practices of continuous testing at high scale, which is r...
Mar. 2, 2015 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,269
Application metrics, logs, and business KPIs are a goldmine. It’s easy to get started with the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana) – you can see lots of people coming up with impressive dashboards, in less than a day, with no previous experience. Going from proof-of-concept to production tends to be a bit more difficult, unfortunately, and it tends to gobble up our attention, time, and money. In his session at DevOps Summit, Otis Gospodnetić, co-author of Lucene in Action and founder...
Mar. 2, 2015 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,350