Cynthia Picht, graduate of Penn State University, has worked in the communications industry in Central PA for the past 15 years. Through her experiences in communications, she has worked with many different industry sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, financial, business, and professional services. In 2016, Cynthia became a part of the PA CareerLink Business Services Team, partnering with local employers, chambers, economic development corporations, and other community based organizations in Lebanon and Lehigh Counties to market local workforce programs. Cynthia stated, “I am thrilled to be part of the Industry Sector team, and [am] passionately looking forward to assisting employers with their workforce needs in South Central PA!” We are happy to have Cynthia on board and are looking forward to watching her flourish in this position.
—Cynthia Picht, Industry Specialist, SCPa Works, Capitol Region CareerLink
We are proud to announce the newest addition to our team, Matthew Ross, graduate of the Alternative Conjunction Clinic and School of Massage Therapy. With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Matthew was able to translate his skills and land this job, his second career position working with workforce development, with the guidance of the Capitol Region CareerLink. Now, as an Industry Specialist with SCPa Works, Matthew looks forward to the opportunity to consult with employers throughout the South Central region in order to provide quality assistance. He will do so through duties such as establishing relationships with companies in key industry sectors, scheduling meetings with high level decision makers to highlight the opportunities and challenges that companies face in our region, creating action plans to provide solutions based on the company’s top need, and much more. We look forward to watching Matthew thrive in this position, and are excited to see what he brings to our company.
—Matthew Ross, Industry Specialist, SCPa Works, Capitol Region CareerLink
As a teenager, Troy David was a boy who made a bad choice and became a man with no future. He managed to persevere through enormous hardships and thirty plus years later succeeded, with the help of community and our services. “After being released from prison, I found jobs. But I wanted better. ” said David. “I had heard about the PA CareerLink Capitol Region, so I went looking for help.” Troy became a part of the WIOA program with a goal of finding a family sustaining wage. With the help of an excellent Customer Service staff, Troy was able to gain some shadowing/volunteer hours as a front desk receptionist. In addition, Troy took an advantage of all the opportunities and activities that the Capital Region CareerLink had to offer. Today, Troy is working as Case Manager at Associates in Medical Toxicology and Migilore Services.
“The PA CareerLink helped me to help myself. Help does exist.” – Troy D.
—Troy David, Case Manager, Associates in Medical Toxicology and Migilore Services, Harrisburg, PA
We are pleased to have Miranda Nixon, a senior majoring in Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, here with us as a summer intern to work with our SCPaWorks Business Services Team. Miranda has helped to coordinate regional meetings, support projects for business facing initiatives, and perform research for future industry partnerships.
As part of the Business Services Team, she has worked with our Economic Development partner, Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC), on projects related to regional performance reporting. She helps update the regional demographics and presentations offered to anyone considering South Central PA as a location for their business.
Miranda also works at the PA CareerLink Capitol Region location, where she offers her assistance, guidance, and leadership to job seekers through the PA CareerLink orientation process. She is a positive role model and is passionate about helping others. Thank you Miranda for your hard work!
—Miranda Nixon, Business Services Team Summer Intern, SCPaWorks, Harrisburg, PA
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
As an opportunity for her and her family to start over on a positive note, Elaina decided to take advantage of our services at SCPa Works. As a result, we helped her land a job as a dishwasher at Hershey Entertainments, where she began to utilize Hershey’s in-house culinary training to further her passion for culinary. On her second day of work, Elaina got promoted to a line cook, making her one step closer to achieving her goal of working her way up as a chef.
—Elaina, Line Cook, Hershey Entertainments
I'm still with opportunity construction. I was recently promoted to lead and have been leading projects with people under me. Opportunity construction has been a great blessing to me. Carl has been great. I am truly appreciative to him for giving me this chance and to you for all you assistance. Because of opportunity construction I was able to build my credit and purchase an investment property. I hope to continue to grow with opportunity construction while working on building my real estate business. Thank you for everything. It is truly appreciated.… Read On
—Marcos Gonzalez, Opportunity Construction
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!