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Online forum Tuesday morning features leaders of effort to create regional Tec Centro network

Top row, from left: Carlos Graupera, Marlyn Barbosa, Violet Emory. Bottom row, from left: AliceAnne Frost, Kay Litman. (Source: Provided)

The leaders of Tec Centro, the Spanish American Civic Association’s bilingual training center, are working with workforce development professionals to create similar programs in other central Pennsylvania cities.

On Tuesday morning, they will offer an update on their efforts in a Zoom forum titled “State of Workforce Development in Pennsylvania.” The webinar begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public; to register, click here.

Featured will be members of the Tec Centro Workforce Network, including:

  • Carlos Graupera, who is stepping down as SACA’s CEO to spearhead the network;
  • Marlyn Barbosa: Program Director, Tec Centro Lancaster
  • Violet Emory: Executive Director, Tec Centro Berks
  • Kay Litman, Executive Director, Tec Centro Lebanon
  • AliceAnne Frost: Executive Director, Tec Centro York

Graupera led a similar webinar last year, touting the Tec Centro model as an effective strategy for combating long-term poverty in marginalized communities.

Tec Centro offers focused training in high-demand occupations that pay family-sustaining wages, along with job-search assistance and referrals as needed to other social services. A full 80% of Tec Centro’s students have increased their wages by 40% or more, Barbosa said in last year’s webinar.