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PRIMUS Technologies Corporation Wins Governor’s Job Creation Award

Posted on May 19th, 2015 07:35 AM

We are pleased to announce that PRIMUS Technologies Corp has been honored by the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry with the Governor’s Job Creation Award for Central Pennsylvania.

Primus receiving the Governor’s Job Creation Award in Hershey Pennsylvania

Pictured Left to Right are Stephen Stone (PRIMUS President), Erica Mulberger (Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation Executive Director), Chris Sullivan (PRIMUS Chairperson and CEO), Susie Snelick (Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Chairwoman), Sam Shea (PRIMUS Director of Human Resources), Jill Walter (PA CareerLink® Lycoming County Administrator), and Elaine Kerr (PA CareerLink® Lycoming County Employer Services Representative)

Nominated by the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC), this award recognizes Pennsylvania employers that are exemplary supporters of workforce, community and economic development in the commonwealth, and which have created skilled jobs through Pennsylvania’s workforce development system.

CPWDC nominated PRIMUS Technologies Corporation for its commitment to growth and investment in its organization, employees, and local community.

Since 1994, PRIMUS has been a consistent, reliable partner of the PA CareerLink® Lycoming County, hiring candidates through various PA CareerLink® programs. In addition, Primus has consistently supported PA CareerLink® career fairs, industry partnerships, Manufacturing Day activities and participated in a Job Connections workshop as an employer speaker at the PA CareerLink®. PRIMUS has proactively partnered with local companies that have suffered job losses due to overseas trade or economic downturn.

During the course of 2014, PRIMUS created 109 positions and grew from 418 to 527 employees. PRIMUS increased its total workforce by 26% throughout 2014 providing economic independence for families in the Central Region of Pennsylvania.

CPWDC also nominated PRIMUS for its investment of time and resources in the development of next generation of workers. PRIMUS understands the value of career exploration and works with local high schools and colleges. Primus is a corporate sponsor at Saint John Neumann Regional Academy where the company provides invaluable support to offer a variety of educational programs and activities.

CPWDC is proud to recognize PRIMUS Technologies Corporation for its proactive involvement in workforce development, commitment to providing educational opportunities, and demonstrated community leadership, all of which have positioned PRIMUS as a highly regarded business and a valued community partner.

PRIMUS received the award on May 6th in Hershey, PA and during the acceptance speech Chris Sullivan, PRIMUS Chairman and CEO, noted, “This award is dedicated to the 527 people of PRIMUS and their families who made this possible through their dedication and service to our customers.”

WIB Member Testifies to Congress about ShaleNET®

Posted on April 28th, 2015 10:05 AM

Tracy Brundage, Pennsylvania College of Technology Vice President for Workforce Development, testified in Washington D.C. at a Congressional hearing related to the energy workforce. Dr. Brundage appeared before the House Sub-Committee on Energy and Power tasked with examining legislative language to create a 21st Century energy and manufacturing workforce.

Dr. Brundage talked about ShaleNET®’s success with its training model and mentioned its partnerships with various entities, including Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stops (PA CareerLink®).

Penn College and the ShaleNET® team is proud of its work as a “best-practice model”, utilizing the short-term FIT4 training model developed by CPWDC, and honored that Dr. Brundage represented ShaleNET® at the U.S. House of Representatives Sub-Committee on Energy and Power.

Click here to view the news article posted by PCT.

If you have any questions about the ShaleNET® program, contact your local PA CareerLink® to learn more.

Workforce Coordinator Opening: Out-of-School Youth and Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs

Posted on January 8th, 2015 12:04 PM

Applications being accepted.

PA CareerLink® Centre County Ribbon Cutting

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 09:11 AM

President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Posted on July 24th, 2014 12:09 PM

On July 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. The enactment of WIOA provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the PA CareerLink® system is job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.

The Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment.

For more information on WIOA, visit

CPWDC Executive Director Named

Posted on April 14th, 2014 10:30 AM


Erica Mulberger Named Executive Director for Local Workforce Corporation

Lewisburg, PA – Dave Zartman, Chair of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) and Commissioner Otis Riden, Chair of the Local Elected Officials Board announce the appointment of Erica R. Mulberger as the organization’s Executive Director effective April 14, 2014. During her 3 ½ year tenure with CPWDC, Ms. Mulberger held the position of Senior Finance Manager before assuming Acting Director responsibilities in January.

As the new CPWDC Executive Director, Ms. Mulberger and her team will lead discussions and actions connecting workforce, education, and economic development in Central Pennsylvania.

Teri MacBride, CPWDC Immediate Past Chair, said “Erica’s vision, enthusiasm, experience with and knowledge of Central Pennsylvania made her the successful candidate from a national search.” Erica will lead a 41-member Board of Directors and 9-member Local Elected Officials Board. Ms. MacBride continued “We are confident in Ms. Mulberger’s abilities and plans to enhance the workforce system in Central PA. She understands the finances, operations, and policies of workforce development.”

Ms. Mulberger plans to enhance workforce initiatives, utilize technology to serve a greater population of customers, and put CPWDC in the forefront of all workforce related issues around the region. On accepting the position Ms. Mulberger stated, “I’m eager to lead CPWDC and the region’s six PA CareerLink® facilities. CPWDC has a strong staff dedicated to connecting employers’ needs with workforce development to enhance the skills of the current and next generation of workers.”

CPWDC is one of 22 local Workforce Investment Boards (WIB) across the Commonwealth. It serves as the WIB for Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. Incorporated in 1999, CPWDC is responsible for coordinating and developing Central Pennsylvania’s workforce system.

A graduate of Montoursville High School and Bloomsburg University, Ms. Mulberger earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting. A native of Lycoming County, Ms. Mulberger currently resides in Selinsgrove, Snyder County.

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Erica Mulberger, Executive Director
Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation

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CPWDC Executive Director Accepts New Position

Posted on January 24th, 2014 01:56 PM

Lewisburg, PA – Dave Zartman, Chair of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) announced that the CPWDC Executive Director, Rachel Smith, resigned to accept a position at Evangelical Community Hospital. Erica Mulberger, CPWDC’s Senior Finance Manager, will assume the duties of Acting Executive Director effective January 25, 2014.

On January 10, 2014, at CPWDC’s public Executive Committee meeting, Rachel spoke of the opportunities and successes of CPWDC during her 14 year tenure with the organization, during which she held various positions and assumed progressively more responsible roles culminating in her assuming the organization’s leadership role in 2012.

Dave Zartman, who assumed leadership of the Board in January, said that the Board accepted Rachel’s resignation with regret. Rachel understood the operations, the policy and the key players in the workforce development arena. She is well respected among her peers across the Commonwealth for her knowledge of labor market information and experience implementing innovative workforce initiatives. During her tenure, Smith has been critical in expanding CPWDC’s strategic portfolio by securing millions of dollars in competitive grants and developing CPWDC’s internal research department which provides labor market support to other workforce investment areas, economic developers and employers. She recently laid out a strategic plan to provide future direction for CPWDC as the regional catalyst for workforce innovation and administrator of the region’s high performing workforce development system.

Zartman and Teri MacBride, Immediate Past Chair, are leading the committee responsible for hiring CPWDC’s next Executive Director. A detailed job description can be found at Applications will be accepted until February 14, 2014.

CPWDC serves as the local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) for Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. CPWDC has been in business since 1999 and is responsible for coordinating and developing a workforce system in a nine county region of Central Pennsylvania. CPWDC is one of 22 local WIBs across the Commonwealth.


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