Workforce development: It doesn't sound sexy.
So maybe that's why Gov. Corbett's cuts to Philadelphia's workforce development system have went unnoticed by many. Critics of the Corbett administration say they'll have a huge impact even though few are watching.
The state wants unemployed people to get jobs. But does it care if the jobs are dead-ends?
For the past year, the Corbett administration has quietly cut funding for Pennsylvania’s jobs programs. It’s also been de-emphasizing training and education. Critics say this is not a recipe for success.
Philadelphia’s jobs programs, which provide services like literacy classes, job training and resume coaching, have lost about 50 percent of their funding due to state cuts and the loss of federal stimulus dollars. The state offers the programs to welfare recipients and other members of the public to improve their chances of finding employment.
Community Legal Services attorney Michael Froehlich said the cuts will force more people into dead-end work. He argues that people who lack training certifications or degrees are more likely to wind up in minimum-wage, unstable jobs.