Governor Wolf Touts Workforce Development, Job Training Programs in Lancaster

first_img December 16, 2016 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Tec Centro in Lancaster to highlight the importance of workforce development and job training, especially for middle class families and underserved communities.“Tec Centro is a remarkable program, combining language development, basic education, skills training, and job placement into one comprehensive service that helps people gain the experience and training they need to get jobs right here in Lancaster,” Governor Wolf said. “The Commonwealth’s investment of $250,000, at the urging of Rep. Mike Sturla (Lancaster), will allow Tec Centro to deliver their premier training programs to more residents of Lancaster.“This expansion will be an essential component in their plan to bring education and job training to the residents of Lancaster County, so that they can be prepared to join the workforce and have the skills needed to fill, and excel in, good middle class, family sustaining jobs.”Governor Wolf’s core focus includes ensuring Pennsylvania’s economy is creating middle class jobs and that Pennsylvania workers have access to training that prepares them to take hold of those jobs. Nearly 100,000 more Pennsylvanians are working since this time two years ago, and in 2016, the Wolf Administration secured commitments for creating and retaining more than 200,000 full-time jobs and the investment of nearly $1.1 billion in Pennsylvania’s economy.Tec Centro’s service delivery system integrates language development, adult basic education, skills training, and job placement into one comprehensive service which is community based and culturally competent.“This funding will allow Lancaster’s Tec Centro to expand their services and provide great opportunities for the community,” said Rep. Sturla. “As the state’s premier bilingual vocation training center, it provides opportunities in family-sustaining careers. I am glad that I was able to help ensure they have the funding needed to educate and train as many individuals as possible.”Tec Centro has started to deeply address the workforce development issues affecting the Latino community in Lancaster. The success of Tec Centro will provide an important replication model much needed in Latino communities across the Commonwealth.“We are particularly pleased that Governor Wolf has visited Tec Centro because our leadership, staff, and students have been working diligently to create a workforce development vehicle that succeeds with marginalized communities who need an integrated strategy of language development, adult basic education, bilingual skills training, and job placement,” said Carlos Graupera, President and CEO of the Spanish American Civic Association, which runs Tec Centro. “Tec Centro has become an important vehicle in the Lancaster community for the advancement in the work force of unemployed as well as underemployed residents of our community.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Touts Workforce Development, Job Training Programs in Lancasterlast_img read more

Uganda’s Aucho tries his luck in tough Eastern Europe league

first_imgUganda football player Aucho Khalid (R), 23 and Japanese football player Takuto Yasuoka, 20, from Hyogo, play ball at the pitch of OFK Belgrade on March 16, 2017. Hundreds of players from Africa, Asia and South America, unaware of precarious conditions and late wages, are playing in Eastern Europe pending a transfer to the major championships and clubs. There are about thirty of them in Serbia, a country now mainly a player exporter, perceived as a “springboard” to the popular European championships.  AFP PHOTOFootball proletariat’ brave Serbia’s crumbling, violent stadiumsBelgrade, Serbia | AFP | Khalid Aucho and Takuto Yasuoka are two of hundreds of footballers from Africa, Asia and South America whose dream of stardom has brought them to Eastern Europe.Aucho, a 23-year-old from Uganda who has already tried Scotland, and his 20-year-old Japanese counterpart Yasuoka train together at OFK Belgrade, currently bottom of the Serbian second division.The pair would rather be at Manchester United or Barcelona and their prospects are as uncertain as the club’s south stand — which looks ready to collapse — and even Serbian football in general.There are about 30 foreign players in Serbia, a one-time football powerhouse now better known as a springboard to Europe’s big leagues.Serbian football has slumped deeper into trouble ever since the former Yugoslavia collapsed in the early 1990s.The main clubs are crippled by debt and no one really knows who the owners are.The trophy rooms are the only reminders of the glory years of Belgrade giants Partizan and Red Star, winners of the 1991 European Cup.Stadiums are empty and have become a haven for hooligans and bandits. One Partizan supporters’ chief, a known drug trafficker, was killed gangland-style in October 2016. The faces of the victims of the violence are painted on Belgrade walls.The FIFPro international footballers union this year warned players not to sign for clubs in Serbia, where 68 percent of professionals are paid late and 65 percent earn less than 1,000 euros ($1,070) a month. The average is 958 euros, according to a FIFPro survey.Twelve of the 16 first division clubs have only temporary operating licences and four are not allowed to buy players because of their debts to coaches and players.The Serbian football federation, FSS, and major clubs like Partizan and Red Star declined to comment on the crisis. – ‘Football proletariat’ –Most foreign players are now paid by their agents as they hope for a move to a bigger championship. Serbian sports journalist Mihajlo Todic said: “Foreigners here are in a kind of waiting room.”Clubs can only sign six foreigners, along with two from other ex-Yugoslav states.Those at Red Star and Partizan are paid well enough. Todic said foreign footballers in the Serbian provinces are “football’s proletariat”.Cranes at the recent Nations Cup tournamentAucho, who comes from the Ugandan capital Kampala, followed the advice of Ugandan national coach Milutin Sredojevic, one of the many Serbs who manage African and Asian nations.After a frustrating spell with Aberdeen in Scotland, the Ugandan went to Red Star. “The coach said it could open up possibilities,” Aucho told AFP, hinting at his hope of securing a bigger move farther down the line.But he has since been farmed out to second-tier basement side OFK, where the legendary Josip Skoblar, one of the stars of the 1962 World Cup, was once a top goalscorer.Aucho said he had been “treated well” by his OFK teammates and is convinced he will move on to a bigger team elsewhere in Europe.Yasuoka left Japan two years ago with another Japanese player to try his luck in Montenegro.He played with two clubs there before moving on to Serbia.“The conditions are good but I would like to go to a country where they are better,” he said, highlighting his dream of a London club or Barcelona.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Trump Tweets: The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!

first_imgAt this time, police don’t know if anything was stolen.This was several hours before President Donald Trump tweeted criticizing Cummings for neglecting his district including Baltimore. Baltimore Police are investigating after the home of Rep. Elijah Cummings was broken into early Saturday morning.The burglary occurred around 3:40 a.m. at his Baltimore home in the 2000 block of Madison Avenue.last_img