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.”
“Everyone at PA CareerLink® was very helpful – they are very experienced in what they do. I received help with writing my resume, and now when I present it to a company, they like how well it is written and it helps get me interviews. When I go to the PA CareerLink®, I feel welcome and I know that someone is always there to help. […] The outcome of my job search was that I got the interviews and the job that I wanted. Now I know what to expect if I am searching for a job again.”
“I lost my job after 22 years at my former employer. Through the services I received at the PA CareerLink®, I went from being very frustrated to growing more confident that I could find a job. Within six weeks of coming to the PA CareerLink®, I received four job offers, and now have a permanent job! I feel that it is a wonderful service, and that everyone should participate.”