Through SCPa Works, Patty Toney took advantage of the Meet and Greet service offered to help her reach her goals. Patty recently graduated from HACC with her CNA, having passed her licensing exam with a 97%. Following her graduation, she was offered a job with ManorCare Health Services in Carlisle, PA. We are so proud of Patty and can’t wait to watch her flourish in her new job!
—Patty Toney, CNA, ManorCare Health Services, Carlisle, PA
In support of local economic growth, the Adams County Economic Alliance recently reached out to Quad Graphics, a book manufacturing company located in Fairfield, PA. During the initial meeting, which included a three-hour tour of their building, Quad Graphics shared their interest in partnering with local schools to provide employment opportunities to both current and post-graduate students within the county. From there, Adams County Economic Alliance (ACEA) reached out to Sue Casto, SCPa Works’ Director of Business Partnerships, to assist in the employers request to duplicate their successful West Virginia pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship program in Pennsylvania. Having had prior experience with apprenticeship and training programs, the ACEA reached out to the local community college, while Sue contacted the PA Apprenticeship Office for additional support. As a result of the meeting, the partners present were invited to work with Quad Graphics on the new program in their PA facility, aspiring to help recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce. Projects like this fulfill the Alliance’s mission to provide strategic solutions aimed at creating and retaining jobs, along with contributing to a stable tax base to support the local economy. The solidification of a direct connection between education and employer like the one described will benefit students, job seekers, and the local business community. We are excited about the work Quad Graphics has begun, and look forward to sharing many future successes with them!
—Quad Graphics, Pre-Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship Program, Fairfield, PA
Todd Hershey recently moved back to his hometown, Carlisle PA, following personal tragedy. Upon returning to PA Todd was having challenges obtaining full time employment, so he sought out the Careerlink for assistance. After participation in job connection workshops, as the job search intensified, he was faced with another personal loss. Determined to get back to work, Todd completed both skills assessments and career interest assessments. The results pointed to welding as a career option. After visiting a few schools, Tod decided to attend HACC with his program funding. With his certification, Todd is now working as a certified Welder making $18.27 per hour!
Corey Lafrance lost his job in Connecticut and was forced to move to PA with his girlfriend to live with her parents. Corey came to Careerlink to get help finding employment. He then worked hard to complete the job preparation workshops and skills testing. Corey was having a hard time finding employment because his work history was minimal. Ultimately he decided to attend McCann School of Business and Technology for CDL training. Correy successfully completed CDL training and found employment as a CDL driver making $19 per hour. Corey’s family is now renting their own home and looking forward to the future.
Ventura Foods recent expansion required filling over 100 new jobs. Partners, including Franklin County CareerLink, collaborated to increase the applicant pool. Over 3500 job seekers were contacted with CareerLink ‘s Job Gateway.
“Pooling resources is more economically viable. I don’t think any one organization could produce the results we have seen from partnering with SCPa Works.”
“Training our existing workforce through programs sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership of South Central PA, Dr. Pepper is able to retain qualified individuals as well as promote and hire our current workforce.”
—Jennifer A. Detweiler, Plant Training Coordinator / Maintenance Administrator, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc.
“We have been able to upskill our employees in key business areas to improve our opportunity to win new business and meet customer needs. The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership has allowed Weldon, as a small manufacturer, to continue to invest in our employees and provide them with new skills to develop their career paths in our company and in manufacturing.”
—Travis D. Gentzler, President, Weldon Solutions
"We, the Ames Companies, have been involved with the consortiums for well over 10 years. The York and Dauphin county consortiums have been very instrumental with the increased skill level of our work force. This increased skill level is not only needed at Ames, but across America."… Read On
—Mike Lupey, Tool Engineer Manager, Ames True Temper
"Often training that is relevant to our manufacturing roles is not readily available anywhere else in our area. We truly value the Industry Partnership and the support it has provided us with our commitment to develop our workforce and provide our associates with new opportunities."… Read On
—Robert F. Fletcher, Director of Administration, New Standard Corporation, York, PA