The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) has awarded more than $685,000 in a fourth round of funding to support digital literacy programs across the state to help job seekers improve their digital literacy skills and successfully find, obtain, and maintain employment.

The fourth round of funding is being awarded through the Digital Literacy and Workforce Development grant program. The program provides funding to organizations that teach job seekers how to navigate platforms used in the job search process and the workplace such as digital fundamentals, digital citizenship, and understanding digital information.

“Pennsylvanians cannot obtain meaningful jobs if they do not have fundamental digital-literacy skills to carry out the tasks necessary to be successful in our workforce,” L&I Secretary Nancy A. Walker said in a press release. “This grant funding will prepare Pennsylvanians with career-ready skills and knowledge while helping ensure equitable access to employment in emerging industries and high-demand occupations across the Commonwealth.”

The organizations receiving awards under the digital literacy grant program will receive funding through July 2024. Most programs will receive grants of $45,000.

Programs receiving grants are:

  • Project Home;
  • Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Agency Coalition;
  • Montgomery County Workforce Development Board;
  • The Literacy Center;
  • Computer Reach;
  • Delmont Public Library;
  • The Neighborhood Academy;
  • Ephrata Public Library;
  • York County Literacy Council;
  • Greater Erie Community Action Committee;
  • Rebecca M. Arthurs Library;
  • S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants/Erie Field Office;
  • West Central Workforce Development Board;
  • Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board; and
  • Workforce Wayne, Inc.
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Lisbeth Perez
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Lisbeth Perez is a MeriTalk State and Local Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.