Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Community College of Allegheny County President Dr. Alex Johnson outlined a new strategic partnership to identify, train and retain workers in Allegheny County. Onorato says he wants to keep the pool of qualified workers growing in sectors like "health care, biotechnology, tourism, recreation and environmental reclamation," as well as retrain incumbent workers in areas like automotive and information technology. He is hoping businesses will be attracted to the region's ready-to-go work force.
They also unveiled a new scholarship program to entice voluntary fire fighters into service. The program, called the Allegheny County Fire Volunteer Education, Service and Training Scholarship Program, or FireVEST will award 200 full-tuition scholarships for an associate's degree or certificate program at CCAC in exchange for a five year commitment to service in Allegheny County. Details of FireVest will be finalized September 1, 2008. Scholarships will be awarded beginning spring semester 2009.