CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania lost thousands of manufacturing jobs in 2008, but that sector of the economy remained strong in Franklin County and businesses continue seeking skilled workers.
On Thursday, business leaders, educators and elected officials dined on braised short ribs with leek and wild mushroom jus and smoky bacon-wrapped monkfish prepared by Franklin County Career and Technology Center students while center director James Duffey brought them up to date on its future.
That includes a $15 million renovation and expansion of the 40-year-old center, and the Chambersburg Area School District's plans to build an academic wing for its students, Duffey told representatives from Johnson Controls, Jerr-Dan, Volvo and other manufacturers.
The Cumberland Valley Manufacturing Forum, formed in 2008 by Volvo and the Franklin County Area Development Corp. to help grow the industrial base, hosted the dinner and tour. Guests learned about the center's partnerships with Penn State University and Harrisburg (Pa.) Area Community College (HACC) to train adults and secondary students for the work force needs of the future.