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.
Quina Torres came to the WIOA Youth Program with two goals: to obtain her high school equivalency diploma and to gain work experience before attending Harrisburg Area Community College. During the WIOA Program, she was able to gain valuable customer service experience in her paid internship at the front desk of the CareerLink of Lebanon. On June 8, 2017, she celebrated her goal of obtaining her high school equivalency diploma at the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13’s Graduation Ceremony. She will begin her studies in Business Management at the Lebanon campus of Harrisburg Area Community College in August. We are proud of Quina’s accomplishments and wish her success in her future endeavors!
—Quina Torress, WIOA Youth Program
“Assurance Staffing, Inc. strongly feels the services of both Career Link and EDSI has contributed to our recruiting success. The services are essential for people who need assistance obtaining employment through guidance in job search, referrals and job placements. I am proud to work with Career Link and EDSI and know these services contribute to the success of our community.”
—Cinde Holste, Manager, Assurance Staffing, Inc., Camp Hill, PA
Contact Helpline needed to fill an Administrative Assistant position. Capital Region CareerLink’s Job Club shared the lead. Matching the small company with a job seeker and utilizing on the job training funds to support the new hire.
—Job Club, Capital Region CareerLink, Harrisburg, PA
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.
“I worked at CareerLink for a little over 5 months and my time here was a learning experience. I learned how to work with others. Because of this experience, I know how to work as a team and depend on others. I gained a sense of professionalism as well. I enjoyed the people I worked with and I am glad I met them. I also appreciated my help with my college applications.”
Ja’Quan a youth that worked with ResCare at the PA CareerLink® last summer as part of the Paid Work Experience (PWE) program. He just won the John Harris NAACP Act-So award for his art. Both Ja’Quan and his mother will go on to Cincinnati for the NAACP Act-So Nationals.
Ja’Quan is set to graduate with his friends on June 5 from John Harris High School. Two weeks ago, I escorted Ja’Quan and two other youth on their first interview. They were all able to secure full-time employment at DHL and will begin working 2nd shift immediately following graduation. We are all beyond proud of Ja’Quan and his accomplishments!
“Working with PA CareerLink® gave me confidence in searching for a job. I was shown how to search for a job and how to find out what jobs I was qualified for. I hadn’t done a resume in over 20 years and it was a huge help to see sample resumes and gain access to the information needed for a resume.
I applied to several different jobs and I had a few interviews. I contacted Citizen Bank through networking and was recently offered a job there.
I would recommend anyone who is on unemployment to meet with [PA CareerLink®] and to take advantage of the class and the programs that they offer.”
—Lori, Job seeker