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.

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.

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.


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).