Education, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Workforce Development Kreamer, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Wood-Mode, Snyder County’s largest employer, to highlight job training at Pennsylvania manufacturers. He joined company and local leaders to tour the nation’s leading manufacturer of custom cabinets.“Having built a similar business, I understand that companies want to hire skilled workers in order to expand and grow, and new businesses will only come to a state that invests in training talented people,” said Governor Wolf. “This tour of Wood-Mode’s state-of-the-art facility is another reminder of the importance of workforce training, whether those workers live in rural communities or our biggest cities.”Wood-Mode, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, has a workforce that includes three generations of highly skilled on-site craftsmen who perform the majority of the company’s cabinetry-making process by hand in combination with advanced technology and automation.To help employees gain new skills, the company participates in the state’s WEDnetPA program, which enables companies to provide job training through a network of 27 universities, colleges and partner experts. More than 50 Wood-Mode employees have gained training through WEDnetPA at Penn State University’s Innovative Manufacturing Center and other partner institutions. The training included lean manufacturing, A3 thinking and value stream mapping, standard work and root cause analysis, and project management.“For 75 years, we have maintained success by carefully balancing time-honored craftsmanship while embracing evolving products and technologies,” said Robert Gronlund, a second-generation family owner. “From six employees in 1942 to more than 1,000 employees throughout our 1.3 million square foot facility, our commitment to training and development is vital to our success as we pass skills and techniques from one generation to the next.”Governor Wolf has made job training a priority in Pennsylvania and is expanding apprenticeship and job programs so workers and students get the hands-on experience they need for good-paying jobs and to create the talented workforce that businesses need now and in the future.Under Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania ranks near the top of states for apprenticeships and the Department of Labor and Industry is working closely with businesses and schools to expand those opportunities. Today, Pennsylvania has 750 apprenticeship programs and 15,000 apprentices, which is creating a pipeline of ready-to-work talent.The Wolf administration has also increased the number of students in career and technical programs by 42 percent, and the state is a national leader in the high-growth fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.Pennsylvania is fourth in the number of STEM graduates and is in the top 10 of states for technology and innovation and employment in STEM jobs. The governor is committed to boosting the number of students in STEM majors at state-supported post-secondary institutions to 10,000 by the year 2020 and making sure every student has access to a robust computer science curriculum. Governor Wolf Tours Wood-Mode in Snyder County to Highlight Job Training January 04, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Update on the latest in sports: And out West, the Timberwolves visit the Kings in Sacramento and the L.A. Clippers play host to the San Antonio Spurs.In other NBA news:—The Los Angeles Lakers’ first game since Kobe Bryant’s death was the second-most watched regular-season NBA game on ESPN. The game against the Portland Trail Blazers averaged 4.41 million viewers. The only telecast to surpass that since ESPN resumed NBA coverage in 2002 was a January 2003 game between the Lakers and Houston Rockets that featured the first matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming.NHL SCHEDULEThree games in the NHL UNDATED (AP) — The most intriguing matchup in a 3-game NHL schedule tonight is in Toronto, where the Maple Leafs will host the Florida Panthers.The Panthers trail the Leafs by just two points for third in the Atlantic Division, and have played two fewer games. But Toronto is hot, having won three in a row, while Florida is looking to rebound after being shutout in Montreal Saturday night.Philadelphia looks to improve its position in the playoff chase with a visit to Detroit. The Flyers are in the thick of the races for the third spot in the Metropolitan Division or a wild card. The Red Wings have the worst record in the league, with only 12 wins on the season.The Dallas Stars are in the middle of the Western Conference playoff pack. They are in New York tonight to play a Rangers team that’s been showing signs of life as it tries to avoid losing contact with the wildcard contenders.MLB NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SUPER BOWLChiefs fans preparing for super celebrationKMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs fans are flocking to buy T-shirts, lining up for photos and preparing to skip out on work for a celebratory parade after the team won its first Super Bowl in 50 years. UNDATED (AP) — Baylor has strengthened its hold on No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.The Bears received 49 of 65 first-place votes in the latest poll to stay comfortably ahead of Gonzaga and Kansas. The Bears are atop the rankings for a third straight week.Nos. 1-4 remained unchanged, continuing a stretch of stability in what has been an unpredictable season with a record-tying seven different teams reaching No. 1.Atlantic Coast Conference leader Louisville climbed a spot to No. 5, followed by Dayton, Duke, Florida State and Maryland – which jumped six spots to No. 9 after beating Iowa last week for its fourth straight win.Villanova rounded out the top 10. — Another a pair of top teams meet in Miami, where the Heat and the 76ers tip-off. Miami is back home after a road win in Orlando Saturday, where the Heat got big contributions not only from Jimmy Butler, but also center Meyers Leonard and rookier Tyler Herro. Philadelphia and its All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are coming off a loss in Boston Saturday.— The rest of the schedule has Golden State at Washington, Cleveland hosting the New York Knicks and Orlando visiting Charlotte.The Celtics take a three-game win-streak into Atlanta, where they’ll look to take advantage of a struggling Hawks team.Phoenix is at Brooklyn, where the Nets will be without Kyrie Irving. He’s out for at least a week with a sprained medial ligament in his right knee.Memphis is home against Detroit. Associated Press No. 9 Maryland and No. 11 Auburn made the week’s biggest jumps. Each rose six spots.No. 21 Creighton and No. 23 Arizona re-entered the poll. Wichita State and Rutgers fell out.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEThree top 10 teams on the courtUNDATED (AP) — No. 8 Florida State leads tonight’s Top-25 men’s college basketball schedule. They are on their home court against North Carolina. February 3, 2020 Schools in the area are calling off classes so students and staff can attend “The Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade” on Wednesday morning. Officials announced the celebration shortly after the Chiefs defeated San Francisco 31-20 on Sunday. The festivities will include a victory rally at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, shortly after the parade ends. Fans were taking pictures in front of a newly installed sign inside Union Station that proclaims the Chiefs “World Champions!”In other NFL news:—The Super Bowl has put a halt to a four-year decline in viewership. The Nielsen company said that 99.9 million people watched the Kansas City Chiefs come from behind to beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. That’s a rebound from the 98.5 million people who watched the Super Bowl in 2019. The event is by far the most-watched television event of the year, but it had been slowly declining since hitting a peak of 114.4 million viewers in 2015.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL POLLBaylor strengthens hold on No. 1 in AP Top 25 poll Chacin-Twins minor league deal; Yanks’ catchingUNDATED (AP) — Jhoulys Chacín (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) has finalized a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins after a miserable 2019 season that saw him go from an opening day start to an August release.The 32-year-old right-hander was 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA for Milwaukee in 2018 after signing a $15.5 million, two-year deal with the Brewers. He beat St. Louis on opening day last year and won at Cincinnati in his second start. Then he went 1-10 with a 6.00 ERA in his next 17 starts.Elsewhere:— The Yankees have more competition in the job for backup catcher. Three players — Erik Kratz, Josh Thole and Chris Iannetta — have agreed to minor league contracts. Austin Romine, Gary Sánchez’s backup the last three seasons, became a free agent and agreed to a contract with Detroit. Kyle Higashioka is the only other catcher on New York’s 40-man roster. Top-ranking Baylor is on the road to play Kansas St., while No. 3 Kansas is home against Texas.NBA SCHEDULENBA offers 10-game slateUNDATED (AP) — For sports fans looking to fill a void with the end of the NFL season, the NBA offers a 10-game slate tonight.Two quality teams get the evening started in Indianapolis, where the Pacers host the Mavericks. Dallas will be missing star Luka Doncic, who sprained an ankle in practice last week and isn’t expected back until Feb. 10 at the earliest. Meanwhile, Indiana finally got everyone back in its lineup Saturday night, but still dropped a 92-85 decision to the Knicks.