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10/25/2018

Wolf Administration Joins Local Officials to Celebrate Grand Opening of PA CareerLink® at the Cambria County Library, Highlights Job Training and Career Readiness Initiatives

Johnstown, PADepartment of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak and Pennsylvania Department of Education Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries Glenn Miller participated in the grand opening of the new PA CareerLink® Cambria County facility, which recently relocated to the Cambria County Library in Johnstown and discussed the Wolf Administration’s job training and career readiness initiatives. 

“We are thrilled to be part of the grand opening ceremony of PA CareerLink® Cambria County’s new, downtown Johnstown location,” said Secretary Oleksiak.  “The relocation of the facility, which has already resulted in an increase of clients, provides a more convenient location for students and workers to access job search and job training assistance.” 
 
Oleksiak and Miller toured PA CareerLink® Cambria County’s career resource center and computer lab now located in the first floor of the Cambria County Library. The first of its kind in Pennsylvania, the partnership between the PA CareerLink® and the library provides a more central location for clients and increases access to the library’s existing job search resources in order to better service Cambria County residents.
 
“Libraries have always been cornerstones of their respective communities,” said Deputy Secretary Miller.  “And as our communities change and evolve, libraries have continued to adapt to meet the needs of their local citizens. We’re excited to expand the services of the library through PA CareerLink®.”
 
PA CareerLink® has a customer-centered approach that helps prepare job seekers to meet the needs of a 21st century economy, and matches employers with qualified and skilled candidates. L&I recently announced a series of improvements to the PA CareerLink® system, including the pacareerlink.pa.gov website. CareerLink® staff and partners are also undergoing customer service training to ensure that all customers receive exceptional service in their job-seeking and hiring needs.
 
“The Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board and its workforce partners are committed to serving more people in more places in better ways,” said Susan Whisler, director of the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board.  “We are excited to be located in the heart of the downtown and look forward to the increased accessibility to jobseekers and employers. Creating and nurturing strong partnerships are fundamental to our workforce efforts and today’s grand opening is a further recognition and celebration of these partnerships and what can be accomplished when people come together for a common goal.”  
 
“In order for local businesses to thrive, they need access to a well-trained, job-ready workforce,” added Oleksiak. “Governor Tom Wolf understands the need for growing businesses to have access to a skilled workforce, which is why he introduced his PAsmart initiative to improve opportunities for career and technical training and education in Pennsylvania, allowing students and workers to get the training and skills needed for middle class jobs in expanding industries.”
 
PAsmart is a new way of thinking about job training and workforce development by providing targeted funding for education in math, science and technology, career and technical training, and more.
 
Recently, the governor signed an executive order to cut red tape and improve coordination between several state agencies to more effectively deliver workforce development services to Pennsylvanians. Under the executive order, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, the governor’s private sector policy advisor, will provide recommendations on the distribution of the $30 million in PAsmart funding, which will be driven out through competitive grants. This collaboration will help to ensure the investments meet employers’ need for skilled workers and that workers are gaining the skills for good, middle-class jobs that will grow Pennsylvania’s economy.
 
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Penny Ickes or Theresa Elliott, 717-787-7530 or dlipress@pa.gov
 
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