POTTSTOWN, Pa. and BLUE BELL, Pa., Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino today toured VideoRay, a Pottstown-based manufacturer of underwater remotely operated vehicles, and the Blue Bell (Central) campus of Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), as part of Gov. Wolf's Jobs That Pay tour. Sec. Manderino was joined by economic development analyst Mark Spoonhour with the Department of Community and Economic Development.
At both events, the secretary discussed Gov. Wolf's budget initiatives, including an increased investment in industry partnerships, expanded apprenticeship programs, and the state's new workforce development plan as it conforms to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014 (WIOA), federal policy designed to assist businesses as they work to create good-paying, family sustaining jobs.
At the Blue Bell (Central) campus of Montgomery County Community College, students are preparing for high-tech and in-demand jobs. As older generations retire, companies throughout the commonwealth are continuously searching for talent to fill these types of positions. VideoRay has a strong working relationship with MCCC that brings in students to fill manufacturing job openings that they may have.
"At VideoRay, we see the type of high-tech, highly skilled jobs that will make up the future of manufacturing in Pennsylvania," said Secretary Manderino. "This underlines the importance of the kind of training being done at Montgomery County Community College, which can be expanded through industry partnerships and apprenticeship programs outlined in Gov. Wolf's budget. These are great jobs, and they will continue to grow and become available, so long as we do our due diligence in preparing our fellow Pennsylvanians for them."
VideoRay products are used by the military, government entities, and law enforcement to assure safe waterways, find drowning victims, detect contraband, inspect infrastructure, and for other public safety and recreational uses. VideoRay is the largest volume producer of Underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) in the world. Established in 1999, VideoRay has worked with technology and mission partners throughout the world to develop and prove the small ROV tool for a wide range of applications.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry