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Pennsylvania Earns National Recognition for Excellence in Workforce Development

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today lauded the Department of Labor & Industry and Secretary Sandi Vito for earning awards from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, or NASWA, during its annual conference this week.

"Under Secretary Vito's leadership we have transformed Pennsylvania's workforce development system," Governor Rendell said. "We continue to work hard to do what is right for Pennsylvania businesses and workers. It is an incredible honor to have our workforce development efforts recognized for excellence on the national stage."

Pennsylvania received two of the five national awards that recognize contributions to the success of the nation's public workforce system in five different categories.

Vito received The Eagle Award for her contributions to workforce development and related services and her efforts to serve employers and workers. During her time as secretary, and earlier as deputy secretary for workforce development, she led the transformation of Pennsylvania's workforce system into a more demand-driven system that creates industry-led training strategies, promotes clearly defined career pathways, increases opportunities for residents, prepares youth for the careers of tomorrow and holds participants to rigorous accountability standards.

Pennsylvania also earned the State Excellence Award for Leadership for its Regional Career Education Partnerships for Youth, or RCEPs, initiative. RCEPs connect businesses, education and communities to prepare future workers. Pennsylvania's 22 RCEPs provide more than 323,000 students better opportunities to learn skills and work-based knowledge critical for success in college and careers.

"I am honored to accept these awards on behalf of the men and women who work tirelessly each day to strengthen Pennsylvania's workforce development system and help us continue to find new and better solutions to our most pressing workforce issues," Vito said. "In Pennsylvania, private and public partners are committed to developing the most highly skilled workforce in the nation, and to connecting employers with skilled workers."

For more information on workforce development in Pennsylvania, visit: www.paworkforce.state.pa.us.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his newsletter, visit: www.governor.state.pa.us.

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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