CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Matching the skills businesses and industries need to the instructional programs that educational institutions can provide is the goal of a Business Education Roundtable next week at The Orchards Restaurant.
As of earlier this week, more than 50 businesses, schools and colleges had signed up for the roundtable, Franklin County Area Development Corp. President L. Michael Ross told the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday. The meeting will run from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11.
"There is both a work force shortage ... and a skills gap, especially of entry-level employees," Ross told the commissioners. With the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania, Ross said employers face the problem of filling positions with qualified workers.
"Educators and educational institutions need to know what industry needs," Ross said.
Shippensburg University, Wilson College, the Penn State Mont Alto campus, Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown Business College and the Gettysburg, Pa., campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College have registered for the meeting, Mont Alto Chancellor David Gnage said.