News Articles

Links to original publications of local news articles about CPWDC, Central PA CareerLink® and workforce and economic development concerns in general are presented here for your convenience.



PA CareerLink® Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties Announced

Posted on April 15th, 2011 12:48 PM

Following the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board (WDB) meeting on April 15, 2011, Mr. Jamie Aurand, WIB Chairman, announced the Board’s unanimous decision to locate a PA CareerLink® office in downtown Sunbury. After a thorough evaluation and analysis of customer volumes, demographic data and facility costs and negotiations with the City of Sunbury, the 225 Market Street location has been selected as a regional hub to serve the residents of Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. According to Mr. Aurand, “We believe that the centralized Sunbury location has the potential to serve a large number of job seekers and employers from these three counties.”

The downtown location offers easy access and, with cooperation of from the City of Sunbury, complimentary parking, adjacent to the building will be available for PA CareerLink® customers.

Mr. Aurand further noted that, “This has not been an easy decision for the Board, but it is a decision that previous year funding reductions and projected deeper cuts have forced upon us. Our Board’s mission remains focused on providing a broad range of services to job seeker and employer markets throughout a large and diverse nine county region.”

The PA CareerLink® site serving the residents and employers of Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties will open in Summer 2011. Until then, services will continue to be provided at the current PA CareerLink® locations in Shamokin and Selinsgrove.

Shannon Miller, CPWDC Executive Director, assures job seekers and employers that they can expect the same high quality services at the new location. “We are excited to get to work with the PA CareerLink® staff to design a site that will continue to provide job search and skill development services to prepare job seekers for employment opportunities and develop a workforce capable of meeting employers’ needs,” Miller stated.

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

FIT 4 Careers Series Goes Green – Enrollment Starts Soon!

Posted on January 13th, 2011 12:31 PM

The FIT 4 Careers Series for entry-level workers will be offered again in 2011 by the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Corporation, through the PA CareerLinks®.  In recognition of the rapidly changing needs of the work environment, “green” technical components have been added to FIT 4 Advanced Manufacturing and FIT 4 Building & Construction.  This program is sponsored by the PA Department of Labor and Industry, with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Click here for more information about the requirements and benefits of the FIT 4 Careers Series.

10 graduate from YouthBuild

Posted on December 7th, 2010 07:01 AM

Proving that its never too late to learn new academic, leadership and construction skills, a graduation ceremony for YouthBuild was held for ten individuals at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center Thursday evening.   Click here to view article (PDF).

Gas industry jobs pave way for opportunity

Posted on November 19th, 2010 02:16 PM

Industry experts, workforce officials and other employers testifying at a state Senate hearing in Williamsport Thursday made it clear that the northcentral region is undergoing a remarkable economic transformation from gas drilling.  Click here to view article (PDF).

Panel seeks to re-engage youths who quit school

Posted on November 1st, 2010 07:35 AM

The local economic and social impacts of dropouts, as well as ways to re-engage youth, was discussed Friday by members of the community during the “Dropout Re-Engagement Summit: Economic and Social Impacts,” held at the ComPASS Center in Lewistown.  Click here to view full article (PDF).

Expo Matches Workers to Gas-Related Companies

Posted on October 18th, 2010 09:31 AM

Companies doing business in the Marcellus Shale are moving to the area and creating jobs for local workers.  About 1,000 of the jobs were available at Saturday’s Marcellus Career Expo at the Pennsylvania College of Technology field house.  The expo, hosted by the college, Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center and Pennsylvania CareerLink, attracted 20 Marcellus Shale-related companies.  Click here to view article (PDF).

Partnerships Keep State Competitive

Posted on September 15th, 2010 07:53 AM

Industry partnerships have become Pennsylvania’s most valuable workforce development tool, identifying and addressing workforce education and training issues for Pennsylvania’s workers and the businesses that employ them. Despite this program’s high level of success, each year its future is put in jeopardy due to the fact that it is not a permanent part of our workforce development system. Two pieces of legislation – HB2230 and SB1409 – are up for consideration this fall by the Pennsylvania General Assembly that will establish this critical program in statute.  Click here to view article (PDF).

Youth Builders Create Affordable Housing

Posted on September 9th, 2010 06:45 AM

Students in Northumberland County are honing their skills while helping to create affordable housing.  Click here to see video.