Upper Bucks County Technical School: Collaborating with Local Workforce Development Board to Create Improved Workforce and Economic Conditions

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At a Glance

Upper Bucks County Technical School and the Bucks County Workforce and Economic Development of Bucks County collaborate and coordinate services to help prepare students for high skill, wage, and demand occupations in current and emerging professions. 


Upper Bucks County Technical School and the Bucks County Workforce and Economic Development of Bucks County work together on several initiatives. This profile focuses on two of those programs: SLIP Internships and the In-School Youth Program.

SLIP Internships

Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS) has developed internships through the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP), a program created to help young people (ages 16-24) gain valuable skills through a summer work experience. Funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the program aims to strengthen workforce development opportunities. It is centered on the idea that “Pennsylvania’s workforce development system must work with employers and other stakeholders to connect young people with high-quality work-based learning opportunities, paid work experiences and career pathways.” (https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx)

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry awards SLIP funding to local Workforce Development Boards. Bucks County Workforce Development Board and UBCTS have collaborated with numerous employers to create summer internship opportunities for students through the SLIP program.

    • Happ Contractors
    • StairWorks
    • Lepko Finishing
    • PolySciences
    • Scaletron
    • Universal Electric
    • Penn Engineering
    • Bracalente Manufacturing
    • Vulcan Spring
    • Yates Electrical
    • Millennium Manufacturing
    • Cooper Mechanical
    • Pac Pro
    • Knoll

On average, about 12 students participate each year in the SLIP grant.

In-School Youth Program

UBCTS participates in the In-School Youth Program. During the 2020-2021 school year, 29 students participated. UBCTS expects over 50 students to participate during the 2021-2022 school year. Students earn the following certifications through the program:

    • First Aid
    • Blood Borne Pathogens
    • CPR/AED Narcan
    • Concussion Training
    • S.H.A. 10
    • Forklift
    • I.M.S. – National Incident Management System – F.E.M.A. – Federal Emergency Management System
    • ServSafe
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness
    • Spill and Leak Control
    • HAZWOPER – Hazardous Materials Technician
    • Employee Safety and Extinguisher Training
    • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
    • The Four Precepts of Service Excellence

UBCTS values the support and expertise provided by the Bucks County Workforce and Economic Development of Bucks County and Chamber of Commerce. By working together, these stakeholders can grant students opportunities to develop their skills and training and prepare for postsecondary success. For UBCTS, consistent and focused communication and collaboration between all the involved parties are essential to successfully meet the needs of students and the community.


Through both the SLIP internships and the In-School Youth Program, students can receive valuable industry-recognized credentials, work experience, and exposure to UBCTS and the workplace.


Upper Bucks County Technical School

Michael Herrera, UBCTS Assistant Director

Marilyn Reese, School to Work Coordinator