News Articles

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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.

Deputy Secretary: 1500 Here Will Lose Jobless Benefits by December

Posted on September 9th, 2010 06:31 AM

The local unemployment rate fell by 0.02 percent to 9.5 percent in July, consistent with the national rate, but higher than the state’s rate of 9.3 percent. With unemployment numbers still near 10 percent, and slim to no chances of another extension on unemployment benefits, a wave of people will exhaust 99 weeks of unemployment benefits in December, according to Dr. Robert G. Garraty, state deputy secretary for workforce development. Click here to view article (PDF).

Job Agency to Meet Penn Lyon Workers

Posted on September 9th, 2010 06:02 AM

Let’s say you are a carpenter working for a modular home company, married and a father of two, living in the Selinsgrove area.  You have a mortgage, plus all the usual expenses a family might have, such as food, clothing, utilities and getting orthodontic braces for the children.  Then you find out that, because the housing market continues to struggle, your company is closing down production.  What do you do?  Click here to view article (PDF).

Leaders See Job Growth from Shale

Posted on September 9th, 2010 05:30 AM

There were about 9,100 people unemployed in the Valley in July. And likely that number will rise when the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry releases its August unemployment figures for Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. Some have said the future of employment in the Valley might lay underground, in the form of natural gas. Companies tapping the Marcellus Shale, a geological formation 5,000 to 8,000 feet down estimated to contain tril lions of cubic feet of natural gas, are hiring.

“They’re good-paying jobs,” said Sue Snyder, administrator of the Pennsylvania CareerLink office in Selinsgrove. The problem: The bulk of the 150 jobs available are in counties many miles away, such as Lycoming, Tioga and Bradford. A single job related to natural gas drilling — a tractor-trailer driver for JP Donmoyer — is in Northumberland County. “Most people tell us they don’t want to travel more than 20 minutes from home,” Snyder said. “But with the number of factories closing, they’re having to travel farther, and they’re not used to that mindset.”

As the economy goes through its slow growth pangs, that mindset likely will have to change.  Click here to view article (PDF).

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).