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08/15/2019

Wolf Administration Celebrates Grand Opening of PA CareerLink® at Altoona Area Public Library

Altoona, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretaries Jennifer Berrier and Eileen Cipriani, and Pennsylvania Department of Education Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries Glenn Miller today joined local officials and legislators at the grand opening of the new PA CareerLink® Blair County, which recently relocated to the Altoona Area Public Library, 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® Blair County's new Altoona location," said Berrier, deputy secretary for safety and labor-management relations. "The relocation of the facility and the partnership with the library provides a convenient location and expanded resources for students and workers to access job search and training assistance."   

"For local businesses to thrive, they need access to a well-trained, job-ready workforce," said Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development. "Workers are finding good jobs and businesses are hiring talented employees through their local PA CareerLink® offices. Governor Tom Wolf understands the need for a skilled workforce, which is why his PAsmart initiative is improving opportunities for career and technical training and education across Pennsylvania." 

Governor Wolf's nationally-leading workforce development initiative, PAsmart, 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 workers get the skills that businesses need to compete in the global economy. PAsmart is expanding this year to provide $20 million for science and technology education, $10 million for career and technical education, and $10 million for hands-on skills training and apprenticeships. 

Berrier, Cipriani and Miller toured PA CareerLink® Blair County's new facility, including the computer resource center where CareerLink® clients can work independently or with assistance on job searches, create resumes and research agency services. 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 to better serve Blair County residents. 

"Libraries have always been cornerstones of their communities, providing resources for the public to find jobs, training to improve skills, and instructional programs to engage learners of all ages," said Deputy Secretary Miller.  "As our communities change and evolve, libraries continue to adapt to the needs of their customers including the needs of area employers. 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 the global economy, and matches employers with qualified and skilled candidates.

"The members of the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board are incredibly excited about this expansion of our collaboration with the public library system," said Jesper Nielsen, President, Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board. "Our aim is to ensure maximum positive impact for our CareerLink customers through a wide variety of services offerings, as well as maximizing accessibility to our sites. From the perspective of the workforce development board, a strategic partnership with the Blair county library system is a win-win for all parties involved." 

PA CareerLink® Blair County provides workforce services to more than 9,000 job seekers annually. In addition, over 200 employers post more than 1,900 jobs a year with PA CareerLink® and access a range of free services, including customized job training programs and talent matching.

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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