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The Workforce and Economic Development Network

The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania was created to make companies across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania more competitive by updating and improving the skills of their employees to meet specific company needs. The goal of the WEDnetPA program is to strengthen the business environment of Pennsylvania by improving the skill level and productivity of Pennsylvania workers. Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pennsylvania First program. Through the WEDnetPA program, qualified in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to the economic-friendly business climate of Pennsylvania can access funding for a wide range of training [categorized as either Essential Skills (ES) or Advanced Technology (IT).

Training offered July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

WEDnetPA is an alliance of 27 educational providers across Pennsylvania that act as the delivery mechanism for the Commonwealth's WEDnetPA program. Each WEDnetPA partner serves as the point of contact for businesses accessing WEDnetPA funds. Since its inception in 1999, Pennsylvania College of Technology has helped WEDnetPA distribute funds to over 1,700 companies. In 2013, WEDnetPA celebrated the training of its 1,000,000th Pennsylvania employee.

Changes to our two categories of job training:

Basic Skills (BS) training becomes Essential Skills (ES) training.

Beginning in fall 2014-15, WEDnetPA has refocused the Basic Skills training to a more job skilled related Essential Skills (ES) training. By definition, eligible training must directly impact the skills required for the employee's job. Manufacturers and technology businesses will still be the industries targeted for funding; however, a technology business will be redefined as follows: One that produces or provides a technology product or services. Simply using technology in the process will not make a company eligible for ES training.

Information Technology (IT) training becomes Advanced Technology (AT) training.

Business and industry has advanced into a more automated, high-tech environment. In order to respond to industry's changing need for technology training, WEDnetPA will refocus Information Technology training to Advanced Technology training. This approach will more effectively respond to manufacturers' training needs in areas such as advanced machine operations and maintenance, mechatronics, robotics, and advanced materials.

Point-of-sale businesses, gaming establishments, employment agencies, government-owned facilities, educational institutions, training vendors, and non-profits are not eligible for either grant. Some unions, labor organizations, and non-profit health entities may qualify as exceptions.

Eligibility requirements:

Employee qualifications:

  • PA residents and employed in PA
  • Earn at least 150% of the federal minimum wage, excluding benefits
  • Must be full-time employees and eligible for full-time benefits

Employer qualifications:

  • Located in PA
  • Employee turnover rate 25% or less
  • Participation in two years in a row or three out of the past five years may be ineligible

How do I apply?

WEDnetPA funds are managed through an online portal called ISAAC (Information Sharing, Administration & Analysis Center). If your company is new to WEDnetPA, submit an online Training Inquiry Form, create a user ID and password. If your company received a WEDnetPA grant in the past, log into ISAAC to submit your training inquiry.