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WEDnetPA LogoThe WEDnetPA Job Training Program provides reimbursement to qualified companies for training employees in a wide range of essential and high-tech topics. IUP is a participating WEDnetPA partner.

About the Program

What types of skills training are covered under WEDnetPA?

WEDnetPA is designed to help employers with the training of their employees. The two types of eligible training grants are Essential Skills (formerly Basic Skills) training and Advanced Technology (formerly Information Technology) training. 

Essential Skills (ES) Training 

Business OperationsManufacturers and technology businesses are eligible for Essential Skills training grants. ES training provides up to $450 per eligible employee for essential skills training. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Applied Mathematics and Measurement
  • Business Operations
  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Computers
  • Manufacturing Fundamentals
  • Problem Solving
  • Product and Process Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Workplace Behavior Skills

Advanced Technology (AT) Training

Manufacturing TechnologyAT training provides up to $850 per eligible employee. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology (CAD, CAM, CNC, PLC, ERP)
  • Advanced Software Implementation
  • Computer Programming
  • Database Development
  • E-Commerce
  • Medical Applications
  • Network Administration
  • Scientific Applications
  • Technology Support
  • Website Design and Development

What are the eligibility requirements?

Eligibility must be met on three levels: company (employer), employee, and training.

Employer Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be located in Pennsylvania.
  • Participation is limited to two out of three and three out of five years.
  • Point-of-sale retail businesses, gaming establishments, employment agencies, government agencies, government owned facilities, educational institutions, training vendors, and nonprofit entities are not eligible.
  • If an employer has more than one location using the same FEIN, and wants to apply for a grant to cover all locations, each location must apply for its own grant.  

Employee Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must earn at least 150 percent of the current federal minimum wage ($10.88 per hour) at the start of training, excluding benefits. If the federal minimum wage should change during the contract year, employees must meet 150 percent of the new federal minimum wage for training events from that point forward to be eligible.
  • Must live and work in Pennsylvania.
  • Must be a full-time, permanent employee and eligible to receive full-time benefits

Training Criteria:

  • Eligible training period is July 1 (start of fiscal year) through June 30 (end of fiscal year) for which you have a grant.
  • Completed training events must be invoiced within 45 days of their completion.
  • A training event must be a minimum of 30 minutes duration to be eligible.
  • One-the-Job training and company orientation are not eligible for reimbursement.

Please see the Company Guidelines for additional eligibility criteria:

2013–2014 Company Guidelines

2014–2015 Company Guidelines 

How do I apply for a grant and get reimbursed?

Inquiry

You begin with in inquiry. An inquiry provides the WEDnetPA partner with the company information needed to determine eligibility.

  • If your company has never had a WEDnetPA grant, visit the WEDnetPA website to complete an inquiry.  
  • If your company has had WEDnetPA grants in the past, then, using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Opera as your Web browser, you will log in to ISAAC (Information Sharing, Administration and Analysis Center). Don’t know your log-in information? Click on "forgot username" or "forgot password" and they will be e-mailed to you. If you’ve never used ISAAC or your e-mail address has changed, contact Wendy Kopczyk, IUP WEDnetPA partner, for assistance. When you have logged in to ISAAC, complete the inquiry on your ISAAC dashboard.
  • If you plan to apply for both ES and AT grant funding, be sure to select both in your inquiry.

Application

The application process begins when company eligibility has been determined and the inquiry reviewed by your WEDnetPA partner. The application is a simple three-step process. Log in to ISAAC to begin. 

  1. Read and sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) using either an electronic signature or print, then sign and upload the signature page. The person listed on and signing the MOA must have signing authority for the company.
  2. Complete the training plan. If you do not have actual information, use your best estimates for training events and details. The information will be updated later when you are ready to begin invoicing for reimbursement.
  3. Review the application information and submit.

Your WEDnetPA partner will provide you with instructions for each of these steps. One application should be submitted for each type of grant for which you plan to seek funding.

Invoicing for Reimbursement

As each reviewed training event on your training plan is completed, you will invoice for reimbursement by creating and submitting an invoice against the training event in ISAAC. You will receive reimbursement for your submitted invoice from your WEDnetPA Partner institution in approximately three to four weeks. Detailed invoicing instructions will be provided when grant contracts are awarded.

Types of Instructional Training

Qualified companies can arrange for instructional training in several ways. IUP can provide qualified trainers and instructors (partner-provided training). Many employers use in-house trainers (in-house training provided by a company employee), and others use third-party training professionals who may be experienced in a specific training area.

Training can be done onsite at the company, at a seminar, conference, online, etc. Companies select the instructional training methods and training providers to provide the most effective training for their employees.  

WEDnetPA Facts

  • WEDnetPA is funded by the Department of Community and Economic Development through the PA First initiative.
  • Since its inception in 1999, WEDnetPA has assisted more than 17,000 companies and helped train more than 1,000,000 workers.
  • WEDnetPA partners provide expert support to help companies assess their training needs, develop training plans, and apply for funding—all at no cost to the companies.
  • Approximately 90 percent of all state funds allocated to WEDnetPA have gone directly to pay for employee training.
  • According to a study by the Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information Analysis, companies experience an 86 percent retention rate among employees trained through WEDnetPA, and those employees increase their wages an average of 10 percent within the first year.

Important dates for 2014–2015 WEDnetPA grant applicants:

  • June 1, 2014 — Inquiry/Application period begins (information will be available June 1).
  • July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015 — Training must start and be completed within the fiscal year.
  • July 16, 2014 — First day to award grant contracts (pending passing of the Pennsylvania State budget).

Download and print the 2014–2015 Company Guidelines.

Important dates for recipients of 2013–2014 WEDnetPA grants:

  • June 30, 2014 — Last day to complete training for reimbursement under 2013–2014 grants.
  • July 14, 2014 — Last day to submit invoicing to WEDnetPA Partner for reimbursement under 2013–2014 grants.

Download and print the  2013–2014 Company Guidelines.

For more information on the WEDnetPA Job Training Program, please contact Wendy Kopczyk, IUP WEDnetPA Partner, or visit the WEDnetPA website.

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