Pennsylvania‘s Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) has announced a $1.3 million investment to support local programs that provide computer skills training to help people find good jobs in the Commonwealth. The Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grants (DLWDG) of up to $45,000 each promote digital literacy skills for people looking for work, including the ability to search and apply for online jobs. Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11 (TIU) will develop and implement a program that will enhance digital literacy skills for job seekers in Mifflin County. In Juniata and Perry counties, the grants will specifically target rural citizens.
The Regional Vaccination Clinic (RVC) at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State University Park campus has resumed operations. The clinic reopened yesterday (April 29th), offering both the two-dose Moderna vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. Residents of Centre County and the surrounding area can make a vaccine appointment online or by calling 1-844-545-3450. While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are also welcome. The clinic is open to everyone, regardless of county of residence.
The former Executive Director of the Perry County Family Center has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. The U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania says Shelley A. Dreyer-Aurila, of New Bloomfield was sentenced for embezzlement of funds involving federal programs. Dreyer-Aurila previously admitted that between 2010 and 2017, she embezzled and converted to her own personal use more than $150,000 that was under the care and control of the Center. She was also ordered to pay more than $127,000 ($127,764.56) in restitution. She had previously repaid $22,520.
Authorities are investigating a burglary in Mifflin County. State Police responded to an incident at 13 Walnut Street in Wayne Township on April 26th. Items taken include a guitar amplifier, a music synthesizer, an eight-track digital recorder, and a battery power supply. Stolen items are valued at $550.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum will present an online lecture “They Fought Equally,” Saturday (May 1st) at 2:00 pm via Zoom. The presentation features the United States Colored Troops (USCT) of Pennsylvania. These brave men were mustered from the Commonwealth and surrounding states, trained at Camp William Penn, and went on to serve with distinction in many of the bloodiest campaigns of the American Civil War. Presentation is offered at no cost. Donations are appreciated. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, click here.