Smart Talk Road Trip to the HACC Campus to discuss career and tech education

Pennsylvania's need for a skilled workforce relies on technical schools

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Bonus content: Throughout the live broadcast, audience members lined up to ask questions and share their experiences. We didn’t have time to get to all of them on-air, so we continued the conversation after the radio broadcast concluded. Listen to that continued discussion below.

Smart Talk takes a Road Trip to the Rose Lehrman Arts Center on the campus of Harrisburg Area Community College to discuss career and technical education.

Many Pennsylvania employers say they’re having difficulty finding skilled workers to fill positions – jobs that often pay good wages.

These jobs don’t always and in some case don’t ever require a four-year college degree, but the people who seek careers in fields such as automotive tech, culinary arts, welding and healthcare do need to be educated and trained.

That’s become the role of Pennsylvania career and technical schools that most often enroll students in high school and community colleges like HACC.

Appearing on Thursday’s Smart Talk Road Trip to the Rose Lehrman Arts Center on the campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) is Gene Barr, President and CEO the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry to offer a state-wide look at the demand for a technically skilled work force. 

Also on the program are Scott Rogers, Assistant Director, York County School of Technology, along with student Nadia Stuckey, a Senior in the Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing programJustin Bruhn, Director, Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School and Kasey Davis, a senior in the Dental Assisting program are also joining the conversation to share their perspective. 

Finally, both Vic Rodgers, Associate Provost and workforce development agent at HACC and Laura Potthoff, Director of Business and Workforce Development with Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation will round out the panel to talk about continuing education for a skilled workforce. 

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