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05
May

Gov Wolf Announces New Investments in Workforce Training

on Friday, 05 May 2017 11:37.

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced the award of $2 million in reemployment funding for 14 educational institutions that have demonstrated a track record of training and placing adult students into occupations that are in high demand by local employers.

“These funds provide for equipment purchases and upgrades to provide adult students with industry-relevant training to better meet the needs of local employers,” Governor Wolf said.  “The grants also allow local colleges and career and technical institutions to increase training capacity for in-demand programs to close the skills gap for local manufacturers in high-priority occupations.”

Approved through the Department of Labor & Industry, Tech Grants are used to support equipment purchases and/or upgrades at Pennsylvania’s post-secondary career and technical centers, and colleges of technology to more effectively prepare adult students for entry into Pennsylvania’s competitive employment marketplace.

“Acquiring industry-relevant skills is one of the key factors to career success in today’s economy,” Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino said. “Providing the right training on the most up-to-date equipment for high-demand occupations ensures that employers have access to a robust pipeline of qualified talent.”

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – A $109,000 grant was awarded to acquire equipment to upgrade the metal fabrication/welding student training laboratory and revise related curriculum.

For more information on L&I’s Tech Grants visit: http://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants
28
Apr

SkillUp Lancaster

on Friday, 28 April 2017 14:06.

Lancaster County residents who want free access to online learning courses will soon have the opportunity through SkillUp Lancaster, an initiative sponsored by the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, the Lancaster Chamber, Community Action Partnership and NY Wired for Education.

Beginning Monday, May 1, any Lancaster County resident can join the Metrix Learning System which provides online courses that teach skills employers are seeking. The initiative provides a free license to Lancaster residents of the SkillUp program for six months. This program has a catalog of over 4,500 courses that includes project management, human resources, banking, retail, hospitality, communication skills and much more.

SkillUp Lancaster is available to any Lancaster County resident looking to update skills. Users need access to the internet, a valid email address, basic computer knowledge, and login access to the program. Ready to update your skills? Click here to register: http://lancaster.skillupamerica.org

Connect with the PA CareerLink® of Lancaster County for job postings and additional workforce services.

"The Metrix Learning system can be used by Lancaster County residents who are looking to learn new skills and earn certificates that will prepare them for certifications and the workforce," said Cathy Rychalsky, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board. "This web-based program is available around the clock to anyone with high-speed internet access. People can work at their own pace, through a variety of courses that teach both technical and essential/soft skills. Anyone interested in participating in this opportunity can walk into their local library or other community-based organization and request access."She added, "This offer is only available for a limited time, so county residents looking to upgrade their current skills or learn new ones to improve their employment opportunities are encouraged to sign up today. Local employers wanting their employees to access the training may request a license through the Lancaster Chamber.”

Tom Baldrige, President of the Lancaster Chamber, said, “SkillUp Lancaster aligns with our new business model of access to all, and we’re thrilled to participate in it. This initiative will allow for a collective process in addressing Lancaster County’s workforce needs. Through the SkillUp platform, the Lancaster Chamber will launch an employer survey to determine the hiring and training needs of the local business community, and this, in turn, enables us to work to address those needs through on-line training and other methods.”

Participants receive digital badges or certificates as they complete each training session and can link directly to www.indeed.com to search current local job openings.

Dan Jurman is excited to launch SkillUp Lancaster at the Community Action Partnership. “Using technology to eliminate time, transportation and childcare barriers is exactly the kind of innovation we need if we're going to reduce poverty in Lancaster County and empower people to find meaningful work that pays enough to support a family.”

"We are excited to work with Lancaster County Workforce Development Board and their partners in this nationally innovative workforce solution," said Brian Lee, CEO of NY Wired for Education. "This will assist both employers and job-seekers, and will potentially address issues of poverty in Lancaster County."

For more information about the "SkillUp Lancaster" initiative or the Metrix Learning System, call (717) 735-0333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

14
Mar

Well-Being Index

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 17:36.

Published in March 2017, the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, examines well-being across the nation. With 189 communities ranked based on their Well-Being Index score, the report analyzes how well-being varies by community, as well as who leads and lags across the five elements of well-being—purpose, social, financial, community and physical. 

Lancaster County is in the top 30 (ranked 28th) of America's healthiest and happiest places, according to a new ranking, and it is ranked number one in Pennsylvania. Learn more.

02
Mar

A Workforce Crisis is Looming!

on Thursday, 02 March 2017 18:55.

Central Pennsylvania business experts report that a tsunami of job opportunities is hitting area. To take advantage of the high-paying jobs, job seekers need the necessary skills.  To learn more, read Bruce E. Mowday's article for Business2Business magazine dated March 1, 2017.  

24
Jan

Youth Career Summit

on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 16:12.

The 13th Annual Youth Career Summit was held at the Eden Resort & Suites on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  This event is sponsored by The Youth Council of Lancaster County Workforce Development Board.  This year's theme was Engaging a Millennial Workforce.

Hope Schmids, Millersville University, was recognized for her contribution to the Youth Council of Lancaster County.

The panel discussion was facilitated by Benjamin Stiles, Ed.D., Lancaster County Career and Technology Center.  The discussion centered on Engaging Tomorrow's Workforce: A Millennial Panel Discussion and included:

  • Grayce Langheine - Organizational Development Manager, Turkey Hill Dairy
  • Danielle Krebs - Marketing Coordinator, Demme Learning
  • Timothy Purcell, Jr. - Staffing Specialist, The Performance Group
  • Mandy Smith - Human Resources Generalist, Tel Hai Retirement Community
  • Hunter Mengel - Student, Millersville University 
07
Dec

17th Annual Workforce Summit

on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 22:18.

Today, the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board held its 17th Annual Workforce Summit at the Eden Resort Inn.   Robert I. Rhoads, Jr., chair of the Workforce Development Board, honored Jill Sebest Welch, Barley Snyder LLC, for outstanding service as immediate past chair of the board.

In addition, the following were recognized as Friends of Workforce:

  • Contribution to the Mission Award to Dr. Gerald Huesken, superintendent of the Conestoga Valley School District;
  • Building Bridges in our Community Award to the Clipper Stadium for its support of work experience programs for youth;
  • Expanding our Horizons Award to the Arconic Foundation for providing funding for identification and short-term training for people facing barriers to employment. 

The keynote speaker was Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Cathy Rychalsky, executive director of the Workforce Development Board, provided an overview of the current state of the Lancaster County workforce. Matthew Sanger and John Robbins of ELANCO presented on the challenges, partnerships, and success of work-based opportunities.

We would like to thank our sponsors and all who participated in this event.  We hope to see you next year at the 18th Annual Lancaster County Workforce Development Board Summit.

18
Nov

PA Chamber Workforce Survey - 11/18/16

on Friday, 18 November 2016 19:42.

76% of the 425+ employers surveyed across Pennsylvania ranked the readiness of the current labor force to meet the needs of employers as fair (50%) or poor (26%).  The biggest frustrations employers have with job seekers:

  • Poor work ethic
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of interpersonal skills
  • Lack of interview etiquette
  • Lack of phone etiquette
  • Inability to communicate confidently and maturely

If you need help with job seeking, please contact the Pennsylvania CareerLink of Lancaster County.

Today, employers are looking for:

  • Logical thinking/problem solving
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Basic math and writing
  • Academic degrees/certifications

The workforce skills needed in the next ten years are:

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Verbal/written communication
  • Project management
  • Trades and related skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Business skills

This research was conducted by Susquehanna Polling & Research.

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The Mayor's Commission to Combat Poverty

This plan is a blue print and a series of first steps to cut poverty in half in Lancaster County by 2032.  A pathway to success for an entire community requires the development of both workforce and work environment.  Learn more.

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Spotlight - PA Career Guide

This is a valuable resource for students and job seekers alike. The guide is geared to helping individuals prepare for continuing education and/or entering the workforce. Within the guide, the Occupational Data Bank contains employment, wage, and job outlook data for more than 250 occupations.  A brief interest assessment that aligns one’s personality to potential careers is also included to assist those who may be starting a job search or looking to change/advance their career.  

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