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
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
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
“Alexis was hired for a part time position from ResCare. She started with ResCare in the summer of 2015 and quickly progressed here at the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg. Alexis was hired in the fall 2015 as a junior staff member for the Boys & Girls Club. During the fall Alexis contributed by helping me organize our flag football league. She has continued to be a huge asset for our organization.” – Mr. Derek Thompson, Unit Director, Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg
—Alexis, Junior Staff Member, Boys & Girls Club, Harrisburg
Latifah Davis enrolled in ResCare Workforce Services GED Class in April 2015. She had dropped out of high school three years prior in 10th grade. Latifah set her goals to obtain her GED in six months and enroll in a trade school or a community college to pursue her dream of Early Childhood Education, her love for art, and cooking. Latifah successfully obtained her GED on 10/01/2015 and she is currently enrolled in Job Corps where she is studying for a Culinary Arts Certificate.
“No matter what the situations or trials you go through, never give up. This is one of the most exciting feelings I’ve felt! To get my GED, you have to have a lot of self-motivation and a team of people who care about you.”