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Essential Skills

Company:

  • This grant type is limited to manufacturers and technology businesses, including biotech and environmental-technology companies.
    - A technology business is defined as one that produces or provides a technology product or service. Simply using technology in the process is not sufficient.
  • Funding decisions for manufacturers are based on a company's correctly applied NAICS code (http://www.naics.com/search). Manufacturing codes fall into the range of 31 through 33.

Employee:

  • Must be a front-line employee or a first level supervisor. Employees who supervise other supervisors are not eligible for ES training. Small companies (up to 100 employees) are exempt from this policy.
  • Employees with decision making responsibilities (budgetary, policy making, etc.) are not eligible for ES training. Small companies (up to 100 employees) are exempt from this policy.

Training:

  • Eligible training activities will be those that directly 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.

Additional Criteria:

  • Total funding cannot exceed the company cap of $75,000 per fiscal year. Any employee reimbursed for ES training will not exceed the employee cap of $450. Costs incurred above this amount are the responsibility of the company.

Types of Eligible Training (not all inclusive):

  • Applied Mathematics and Measurement
  • Business Operations
  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Computers
  • Manufacturing Fundamentals:
    - Blueprint Reading
    - Machine Setup and Maintenance
    - Tooling, Grinding
    - Welding, Soldering
  • Problem Solving
  • Product and Process Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Workplace Behavior Skills
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Please contact your Kutztown University WEDnet Partner for more information

Linda Grove 
WEDnetPA Coordinator
Email: grove@kutztown.edu 
Phone: 717-825-1132