Workforce Development

Workforce/Education Partnerships


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The Hanover Chamber offers a comprehensive approach to workforce development and career opportunities in the greater Hanover area. Through the Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee, a unique partnership between local business and educational leaders over the years has built a collaborative foundation for local students to explore numerous career pathways that lead to personal growth and local employment.  Continuing efforts to connect to the specific and diverse needs of Hanover based industries have produced important training and professional development opportunities for the local workforce.

Apprenticeship Program

The Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce has become the first chamber in Pennsylvania to submit a chamber apprenticeship program model that has been approved by the PA Department of Labor and Industry.

The application, a group, non-joint model for apprentices, was officially approved on Thurs., Feb. 9.  The model is non-union with four companies (Elsner Engineering Works, Inc., KLK Welding, R.H. Sheppard Co, Inc., and Utz Quality Foods, Inc.) under the umbrella of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber provides guidance and connectivity among local business, schools and the government of Pennsylvania.

Learn more about the Apprenticeship Program.

School-to-Work Programs


The Introduction to Manufacturing (ITM) program is a partnership between the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, HACC – Gettysburg Campus, local school districts and area manufactures. ITM is an 18 week program designed to educate high school seniors about the manufacturing environment, potential career paths in manufacturing, and local career opportunities within the Hanover marketplace. ITM also provides students with the opportunity to earn 1 – 3 college credits in engineering at HACC. In addition to class instruction, students visit areas manufactures. Industry representatives provide students with an introduction to their business, a plant tour and information about operations and administration.

The Chamber thanks the following businesses for hosting the ITM students:

  • AquaPhoenix
  • Elsner Engineering Works
  • Leonhardt Manufacturing
  • R. H. Sheppard
  • Ring Container
  • SKF
  • Snyder’s-Lance
  • Ox Paper Tube
  • Utz Quality Foods

For more information on ITM, please email Gary Laird, President, Hanover Chamber.  Each local school district offers a variety of career-based opportunities.

Hanover Center for Workforce Excellence

WorkforceCenterThe Hanover Center for Workforce Excellence (HCWE) was established through the Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee in 2008 to address training opportunities and skill enhancement of the local workforce. Through HCWE, businesses can discover how localized training can save you time and resources.

The Hanover Center for Workforce Excellence offers programs at the Chamber’s on-site training room and at 400 Pine Street (adjacent to R.H. Sheppard). Through a partnership with HACC-Gettysburg Campus, credit classes in industrial electricity, including blueprint reading, motors and controls, hydraulics and pneumatics and PLC’s and automation are offered at the Pine Street location.  The site also provides a number of workforce training programs, including communication and soft skills, computer and IT classes. Welding classes are also available through HACC at the technical welding lab at South Western High School.

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