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Friday, December 19, 2008


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has been named one of the top partners of the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania.

In the 2007-2008 fiscal year, Pitt-Bradford and the companies with which it works used more than 95 percent of its allotted WEDnetPA funds, a rate that exceeds standards and was second in the state.

“Since I began working with the WEDnetPA program in 2002, it has been one of my goals to reach an ‘exceeds standards’ rating as defined by the state,” said Ann Robinson, director of the Business Resource Center.

“Most of the credit goes to the companies with whom we work because they are the ones who made the extra effort to use the money they were allocated. We simply were prompt with our invoicing, kept a constant watch on our status, and encouraged companies to utilize their allocations.”

This is the first time that Pitt-Bradford has exceeded standards since becoming a partner in 2001-2002.

WEDnetPA partners are the administrators of Pennsylvania’s Guaranteed Free Training program, which provides qualified in-state businesses and out-of-state businesses relocating to the commonwealth with job training grants. It was created to make companies across Pennsylvania more competitive by updating and improving the skills of its employees to meet specific company needs.

In its first year, Pitt-Bradford worked with five companies with a total of seven contracts. In 2007-08, the university worked with 30 companies for a total of 45 contracts in McKean, Potter, Elk, Erie and Warren counties. Total funds reimbursed to companies for training reached more than $400,000. The businesses included manufacturers, lumber companies, refineries, hospitals, trucking companies, information technology companies and healthcare providers.

Basic skills provided by both third-party and in-house trainers included health and safety, computers, math and measurement, business operations, product and process control, quality assurance and manufacturing fundamentals.

Higher level information technology trainings provided information on advanced applied manufacturing, network administration, software engineering, database development, Web site design and technology support.

For more information on Pitt-Bradford’s partnership with WEDnetPA and how qualified businesses can receive free training, contact Ann Robinson, director of the Business Resource Center, at 814-362-0255 or

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