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Gov. Wolf lauds Playworld for training programs

August 03, 2018

LEWISBURG — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's tour of Central Pennsylvania on Thursday brought him to Playworld, a company that has received funding through the administration's workforce and economic development programs.

Supported through that program, Playworld has trained more than 250 workers over the past few years, Wolf noted.

“It’s wonderful to see the incredible work being done at this facility," Wolf said in brief remarks at Playworld, "and I’m proud that the Commonwealth has partnered with businesses that are committed to investing in their employees and their local communities,”
Company CEO Joe Copeland was on hand to greet Wolf.

"We wanted to thank the governor for the support they've given us through their workforce programs that provides funding for us to provide training sessions for our employees," Copeland said. "Programs that emphasize safety, new skills in terms of manufacturing, programmable skills. The Commonwealth has been a strong advocate in helping us invest in our folks."

While talking about workforce development, Wolf noted that Pennsylvania had received a nearly $5 million grant to provide career services, with a plan to return to work and create a mobile app for those impacted by the opioid epidemic.

The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp., which represents Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties, will receive $1.1 million of the grant money awarded.

"Opioid addiction is a disease, not a moral failing," Wolf said. "We want to eliminate the stigma, so we're working with employers on that. The federal grant is an early effort to combat it. We're trying to learn what we can do because employers like Playworld are looking for good employees. We want to match that need with good employees who otherwise might have a specific issue with drugs. We are trying to learn what we can do in a constructive way to help the person who is addicted, to get him back on the right track, and working in a good environment."
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