WEDnetPA Program

Applications are now available for the 2019-2020 Workforce and Economic Development Network (WEDnet) training grant program  

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Contact Angelic Hardy at 570.484.3131 or by email at


wednetpaWEDnetPA (Workforce & Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania) invests in Pennsylvania companies by providing the funds needed to upgrade the skills, education and training of their current employees.  WEDnet is a valuable resource to companies struggling to find new workers.  We can help advance existing, hard-working employees into qualified candidates capable of performing at a higher level.  By expanding skill sets. Teaching new technology. Creating a more productive environment.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania created the opportunity for employers to train new and existing employees through the WEDnetPA program.  Technical Skills and Essential Skills training are available to qualified in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to the economic-friendly business climate of Pennsylvania — with funding accessed through WEDnetPA and made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).


  • Employees must be residents of Pennsylvania and employed in Pennsylvania.
  • Employees must earn at least 150% of the current federal minimum wage, excluding benefits.
  • Employees must be permanent, full-time and eligible for full-time benefits.


  • The program supports both instructor-led and online courses which can be taken on-site, at the company, from a training provider or at any convenient location.
  • Companies may select the training providers of their choice.
  • In-house training is permitted for companies with less than 500 employees (limitations apply).
  • Only WEDnetPA partners are qualified to process applications, contracts and invoices.

Essential Skills (ES) Training


Essential Skills Training provides instruction in a variety of skills needed to be successful in the workplace, including training in the areas of Business Operations, Computers, Quality Assurance, and Workplace Health and Safety. Eligible activities will be those that improve the essential job skills required for the employee's current position. Essential skills will be defined according to the type and scope of business being conducted by the employer. Some of the training elements eligible through the program may include but are not limited to:

  • Business Operations
    • Basic Math
    • Customer Service
    • Human Resources
    • Problem Solving
    • Leadership
  • Computer Operations
    • MS Word
    • MS Excel (Beginner, Intermediate)
    • MS PowerPoint
  • Manufacturing Fundamentals
    • Basic Electricity
    • Basic Machine Setup
    • Tooling, Grinding
    • Welding (MIG, TIG, ARC, TGAW, GMAW)
    • Basic Soldering
  • Product and Process Control
    • Continuous Improvement/Kaizen
    • ISO 9000+
    • Internal Auditor
    • Lean Manufacturing/Lean Enterprise
    • Project Management
    • Quality Assurance
    • Six Sigma (White and Yellow Belt)
    • Total Productive Maintenance
    • Total Quality Management
  • Workplace Behavior Skills
    • Communications
    • Teamwork
  • Workplace Health and Safety
    • Electrical Safety
    • Fire Safety
    • First Aid, CPR, AED
    • Hazardous Material Handling
    • Safety Committee

Technical Skills (TS) Training


Technical Skills Training provides instruction in a variety of technology and advanced manufacturing subjects, such as Computer Programming, Network Administration and Machine Operations. Technical Skills skills are defined according to the type and scope of your business. Some of the training elements eligible through the program may include but are not limited to:

  • Machine Operations and Maintenance
    • Hydraulics/Pneumatics
    • Industrial Electricity (except safety)
    • Motor Controls
  • Manufacturing Technology
    • 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping
    • CAD, CAM, CNC, PLC
    • Electronics (including electronic soldering)
    • Robotics
  • Advanced Math
    • Blueprint and Schematic Reading
    • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
    • Statistical Software
  • Software Implementation
    • Coding/Programming
    • Database Development (including MS Access)
    • E-Commerce
    • Information Security
    • MS Excel (Advanced, Expert)
    • Network Administration
    • Software Engineering
    • Website Design and Development
  • Technical Applications (including Scientific and Medical)
    • Electronic Medical Records
    • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
    • Life Sciences
    • Non-destructive Testing (NDT)
    • Project Management (MS Project, Agile, Scrum)
    • Root Cause Analysis
    • Six Sigma (Green, Black and Master Black Belt)

Lock Haven University has been a WEDnetPA Partner since the program began in 1999.  To date, LHU has provided more than $5.3M in training funds to eligible companies.  These funds have resulted in nearly 50,000 training and skill building opportunities provided to the Commonwealth’s workforce.


Contact Angelic Hardy at 570.484.3131 or by email at for more information.




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