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Grant Funds Will Clean Up Flood Damage and Supply Jobs

Posted on November 30th, 2011 06:37 AM

The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) has received a $730,749 grant to clean up areas flooded during Tropical Storm Lee in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. Funds will be used to provide temporary employment for eligible dislocated workers to participate in cleanup projects for public and non-profit entities.

Initially funds will be used to hire five crews of 6 laborers to clean debris, rebuild damaged structures and performing general grounds work. More may be filled as additional projects are identified and more funding is secured. Temporary full-time employees will be hired for up to six months. All participants will receive training including OSHA, First Aid/CPR and chainsaw training and receive PA CareerLink® services throughout the program.

According to Penny Hess, program coordinator for the grant, “these funds represent a win-win for our communities affected by the September flooding. We can provide some temporary relief and job search assistance to individuals struggling to find employment in this economy while supplying the much needed labor to support cleanup efforts across the region.”

By working with the County Commissioners, local governments, County Conservation Districts and County Emergency Management Agencies, over 30 potential projects, ranging from those to be completed in days to those that will require months of work, have already been identified across the region.

Individuals interested in learning more about the temporary positions should contact their local PA CareerLink®. Local contact information can be found at Nonprofit organizations and public agencies interested in securing cleanup assistance for flood-related projects can contact Penny Hess at 570.387.6288.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is coordinating the grant effort across six workforce investment areas in Pennsylvania through National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds issued by the US Department of Labor.

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Equal Opportunity Employer.


Click here to view a PDF version of the press release.

PA CareerLink® Columbia/Montour Counties Opens Temporary Location

Posted on October 7th, 2011 06:14 AM

Recent flooding during Tropical Storm Lee forced the PA CareerLink® Columbia/Montour Counties out of the 351 Tenny Street location it has occupied since 2003. To provide convenient job seeker services in the Bloomsburg area, PA CareerLink® services will be offered temporarily at 3081 Columbia Boulevard (the former Bloomsburg Scuba store next to Plaza House Furniture on Route 11). Job seekers will be able to use a computer lab to update resumes and access on-line job search engines. The site will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each Friday during the month of October and the first Friday in November.

The full service location is expected to reopen at 351 Tenny Street on November 7, 2011.

According to Penny Hess, site administrator, “while Columbia and Montour County residents can access the full range of job seeker services at PA CareerLink® locations in Sunbury or Williamsport, it was important for us to re-establish a presence in Bloomsburg. We understand the losses and disruptions the flooding has caused and want to ensure that individuals looking for work can receive services locally.”

In addition to visiting the temporary location, employers or job seekers can contact the PA CareerLink® Columbia/Montour Counties by calling 570.387.6288 or go online to from any Internet connection. Those visiting local libraries are reminded that a driver’s license or library card may be required for Internet access at libraries.

PA CareerLink® staff provides personalized assistance for individuals preparing for and locating employment opportunities through job search resources, interactive job preparation workshops and career assessments including the ability to earn a National WorkKeys® Career Readiness Certificate. A wide range of employment-related services to help area employers locate, recruit, screen and hire qualified candidates are available, including labor market information, staff assistance to market job openings, job matching to identify qualified, skilled workers and job seeker screening.

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Click here to view a PDF version of the press release.

CPWDC Issues RFQ for Website Maintenance

Posted on September 30th, 2011 12:28 PM

Opening for Part-Time Fiscal Assistant

Posted on September 26th, 2011 09:12 AM

Bloomsburg CareerLink Temporarily Closed Due to Flooding

Posted on September 13th, 2011 05:45 AM

The PA CareerLink® Columbia/Montour Counties at Bloomsburg is temporarily closed due to flooding. Employers and job seekers can continue to access PA CareerLink® services by calling 570.387.6288, online at, or by visiting locations in Hazelton, Pottsville, Sunbury, Williamsport. Phone calls will be re-routed to Sunbury immediately.

Pennsylvania Legislative Alert – Senate Bills 1030 and 552

Posted on August 31st, 2011 06:02 AM

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law two new pieces of legislation that will have a large impact on workforce development in Central Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 1030, authored by Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) continues a federally funded, 13-week period of extended unemployment compensation (UC) benefits and requires UC claimants to prove they are actively searching for work via the PA CareerLink® system in order to qualify for UC benefits, making Pennsylvania the last state to implement this criterion.

For more information about the changes to unemployment compensation, click on the topics below:
Governor’s Press Release (Senate Bill 1030)
Senate Bill 1030 “Section 401. Qualifications Required to Secure Compensation” begins on page 14.

Governor Corbett also signed into law Senate Bill 552 which establishes statutory guidelines for the establishment and operations of Industry Partnerships. For more information about Industry Partnerships click on the topics below:
Governor’s Press Release (Senate Bill 552)
Senator Mike Brubaker’s (R-36) Press Release Senator Brubaker sponsored the bill
Senate Bill 552 “Chapter 12 Industry Partnerships” begins on page 2.

Union-Snyder Habitat for Humanity and Central PA YouthBuild Break Ground on New Home

Posted on June 20th, 2011 11:25 AM

Working alongside community volunteers, young adults enrolled in the Central Pennsylvania YouthBuild program are helping to build a new ranch home for a local family. The Kratzerville build is the first rehabilitation project for the local Habitat affiliate. Central Pennsylvania YouthBuild, which is supported by a grant administered by CPWDC, is part of a national program that helps young adults rebuild their lives while rehabilitating or building affordable housing.

Click here to view the press release.

Over 4,000 Individuals Hold WorkKeys® Career Readiness Certificates

Posted on May 25th, 2011 10:27 AM

Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation issued its 4,000th WorkKeys® Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) on May 3, 2011. Over 4,000 individuals across Central Pennsylvania hold nationally recognized credentials demonstrating their workplace skills.  

In 2006 CPWDC responded to the requests of local employers to help them better screen potential and current employees by introducing WorkKeys® Career Readiness Assessments developed by ACT™. Central PA CareerLink® locations offer WorkKeys® assessments to individuals and employers accessing a wide array of employment and training services. WorkKeys® measures basic foundational skills needed to effectively perform a job and the WorkKeys® CRC provides a snapshot of an individual’s skill levels in the areas of Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information.  

WorkKeys® documents outcomes by awarding certificates. The certificates begin with the highest performing level of Platinum, followed by Gold, Silver and Bronze. Platinum certificate skill levels align with nearly 99% of the 17,000+ occupations that have been profiled by ACT™ to determine specific skills needed to perform that job. A Gold certificate aligns with 90%, Silver at 65% and Bronze with 35% of the occupations profiled. In 2007 77% of individuals assessed in Central PA earned a Silver certificate or higher; by 2010 that number increased to 93%.

The number of Central PA employers that recognize or request the WorkKeys® CRC as part of their hiring and promotion practices has increased from less than 100 in 2007 to nearly 500 today. For a complete list of employers endorsing WorkKeys® click here.

For more information about how WorkKeys® can help you as an individual seeking employment and/or training services please click here or for employers seeking better qualified employees please click here.