CAEDC Leads Study on Cooperative Healthcare Training Facilities in Cumberland County | The Sentinel: News

CAEDC Leads Study on Cooperative Healthcare Training Facilities in Cumberland County |  The Sentinel: News

The Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation, in cooperation with several area educational institutions and employers, expects to be finished by September with a feasibility study for a health care training facility in Cumberland County. The study is expected to be a collaborative approach toward training workers for the health care industry, which is the county’s second-largest by total employees, shortly behind warehousing and transportation, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Like warehousing, the health care industry also shows divergence between job growth and pay, with local officials pointing to a skills gap between in-demand jobs and the abilities of the local workforce.

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The study is being done in conjunction with Highmark Blue Shield, Penn State Health, Select Medical, UPMC and Wellspan, all major health care employers in the county, as well as educational institutions including Central Penn College, Cumberland Perry Vocational Technical School, Cumberland Valley School District, Dickinson College, HACC, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Messiah University, Penn State Harrisburg and Shippensburg University. “A training facility would allow the county to develop a more highly-skilled workforce by providing training with state-of-the-art technology,” said Laura Potthoff, director of business and workforce development for CAEDC. “We believe it will allow employers, educational institutions and our county to better attract, retain and place skilled workers in high-demand jobs.”

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