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L&I Secretary Oleksiak, Area Employers Highlight Hiring of Local Workers at PA CareerLink® Blair County

Altoona, PA – As part of the effort to help businesses connect with skilled and talented workers, Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak met with leaders from Champion Home Builders, Atlantic Broadband, Sub Zero Ice Cream and the PA CareerLink® Blair County today to discuss the Wolf administration’s job training and career readiness initiatives.

“Regional employers, such as Atlantic Broadband, Sub Zero Ice Cream stores, and Champion Home Builders, that are continually growing and expanding in Pennsylvania need access to a well-skilled workforce,” said Secretary Jerry Oleksiak.  “It’s great to hear that local workers are finding good jobs with major employers in the area through PA CareerLink® Blair County.”

Champion Home Builders is one of the top builders of manufactured and modular buildings in the world, with 28 facilities located throughout North America and more than 5,200 dedicated employees worldwide. They are currently hiring 10-15 experienced skilled labor positions through CareerLink® services.
“Having utilized PA CareerLink® both as a job seeker and as an employer, I consistently offer them as a resource to family, friends, or anyone who may benefit from their services,” said Scott Collins, Champion’s HR Generalist. “From Rapid Response teams to JobGateway®, the PA CareerLink® is a true partner to employers and job seekers.”
Atlantic Broadband, the ninth largest cable operator in the United States, provides its residential and business customers with internet, TV and phone services in 11 states. The company has recently hired six new employees from CareerLink® Blair County job fairs, for outside installation technician and inside technical support helpdesk positions, including one employee that met the bilingual requirement for this job.
“Atlantic Broadband is very appreciative of our excellent relationship with the PA CareerLink®, and have taken advantage of a number of their workforce development related services”, said Atlantic Broadband’s Human Resource Manager Jacquelyn Voltz. “We have partnered with the Blair County CareerLink® by participating in a number of their job fairs, including their annual Veterans Career Fair.  We’ve also held special recruitment events at their office. Their support has enabled us to recruit outstanding employees that have made significant contributions to our growth and success.”
Sub Zero Ice Cream opened its first shop in 2004, and franchise locations have now grown to over 50 stores, including three international storefronts, with more set to open across the globe. The Altoona location participates in the summer youth employment program, providing work-readiness and on-the-job training to participants. 
“CareerLink®’s summer youth employment experience program allows participants to amplify their potential,” said Cherie Brandt, Sub Zero Franchisee/Area Developer. “Seeing them grow and gain self-confidence is rewarding.” 
Governor Wolf understands that Pennsylvania’s businesses are expanding and need skilled workers, and that workers want the education and training to get today’s in-demand jobs.  The governor’s PAsmart initiative is a new way to invest in people and business to create and expand innovative job training in STEM, computer science, apprenticeships, and other programs so worker get the skills that businesses need to compete in the global economy.
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
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