Pittsburgh, PA, August 30, 2006 – Smart Futures, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that provides career development resources to Pennsylvania’s education and training community, has received a $25,000 grant from Mellon Financial Corporation to expand their three programs across the Commonwealth. Mellon Financial Corporation has supported the efforts of Smart Futures’ flagship program, Keys2Work, since the program inception in 2001.
Smart Futures’ Executive Director, David Mosey, stated “Mellon’s support of Smart Futures’ career development mission elaborates on the very real connection between the educational preparation of our youth and the impending needs of the employers in our region.” Further, Mosey stated, “Pittsburgh’s philanthropic community in general has responded very early in supporting many regional efforts that address both the impending workforce shortage and growing need for a skilled and prepared workforce. Their financial support of our efforts locally, and now Statewide, has greatly assisted in our advocacy that all students should be prepared to enter into jobs that are at or above the living wage of, and the employment needs of, Pennsylvania businesses.
Previously announced grant awards for 2006/07 include The Heinz Endowments, DSF Charitable Trust, Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation, The Buhl Foundation, and the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The Smart Futures’ programs supported by these grants are Keys2Work, MyCareerInsight, PA eMentoring and a newly developing financial literacy program.
ABOUT SMART FUTURES: Smart Futures’ mission is to provide innovative, affordable career development programs to Pennsylvania’s education and training community. Smart Futures distinguishes itself by providing high-quality training, monitoring and ongoing support to its customers. Each of Smart Futures’ programs are ultimately designed to support the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s academic standards including the newly adopted standards for Career Readiness and Work, as well as the national No Child Left Behind and Workforce Investment Act agendas. For more information on Smart Futures or their toolkit of programs go to www.smartfutures.org or call 412-288-3900.
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