News Articles

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Habitat Dedicates New Columbia Home

Posted on August 18th, 2010 11:17 AM

Five months ago, the plot of land at 562 New Columbia Road was vacant. Now it’s the site of a brand-new three-bedroom house, and on Saturday the neighborhood was bursting with activity as friends, family and Habitat for Humanity volunteers welcomed Rob and Amanda Friend and their two children into their newly built home.

Thanks to a dedicated group of Habitat volunteers, including several area young adults working through Central Pennsylvania YouthBuild, the Friends will move out of their cramped apartment in Bloomsburg and into a place they can call home.  Click here to view article (PDF).

2,200 face end of jobless aid

Posted on August 18th, 2010 11:16 AM

The more than 2,200 Valley residents expected to exhaust their unemployment compensation by the end of the year may be fearing how they will survive without an income, while community service agencies are wondering how they’ll be able to keep up with the cries for help from the rising numbers of those in dire financial need.  Click here to view article (PDF).

After Training, Still Scrambling for Employment

Posted on August 3rd, 2010 08:28 AM

The following New York Times article has elicited strong reactions not only from workforce professionals, but others in the press as well. The article is presented here for information and links are provided to worthwhile rebuttals posted by members of the press.

In what was beginning to feel like a previous life, Israel Valle had earned $18 an hour as an executive assistant to a designer at a prominent fashion label. Now, he was jobless and struggling to find work. He decided to invest in upgrading his skills. Click here to view the full article (PDF).

Rebuttals:

Job Training Helps, Just Not with Unemployment – Daniel Indiviglio, staff editor at TheAtlantic.com

Does Job Retraining Work? – Barbara Kiviat, business and economics reporter for TIME

Editorial: Laudable Way to Work

Posted on August 3rd, 2010 05:44 AM

Most Americans recognize that we have a basic humanitarian obligation to help out-of-work Americans make ends meets. At the same time, many may have suspicions that a hard-to-define number of jobless people while away their time collecting government payments without really trying to find work.  Click here to view article (PDF).

Stimulus funds helps hundreds to land jobs

Posted on August 2nd, 2010 06:51 AM

More than 300 youths and adults in Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties have found employment through the 2010 Way to Work Initiative funded with $1.5 million in stimulus money.  Click here to view article (PDF). 

Building homes, futures

Posted on June 22nd, 2010 08:25 AM

A graduation ceremony for YouthBuild was held Thursday evening for twelve individuals at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center. The program is for young adults, ages 18 and 24, who have dropped out of school and lack the necessary education and skills to participate in the labor market.  Click here to view article (PDF).

Thousands turn out for gas industry job fair

Posted on June 22nd, 2010 08:24 AM

Pennsylvania College of Technology student James Geddy stood in a line “a block-and-half long” to get into the Marcellus Shale job fair Saturday at the college field house. Geddy was in a long line when the fair opened at 9 a.m., “but it moved pretty quick,” he said.  Click here to view article (PDF).

Expo kicks off with informative Friday session

Posted on June 22nd, 2010 08:20 AM

This year, an estimated 107,000 people could be employed, either directly or in support companies, by the natural gas industry in the Marcellus Shale region. In an effort to connect job seekers with potential gas industry employers, the Pennsylvania College of Technology, the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center, Pennsylvania CareerLink and Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce partnered to conduct the Marcellus Career Expo of North Central PA.  Click here to view article (PDF).