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Wolf Administration Visits Blair County Job Fair, Highlights Free PA CareerLink® Services to Prepare and Connect Pennsylvanians with Employers Who Are Hiring Across the Commonwealth


Altoona, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Sheila Ireland visited a job fair in Altoona this morning and promoted the many free services available to Pennsylvanians through PA CareerLink®, including connecting job seekers with employers who are hiring across the commonwealth.

"Investing in Pennsylvania's workers and companies is a top priority of the Wolf Administration," said Deputy Secretary Ireland. "PA CareerLink® continues to support this commitment by helping to build the skills of people who need to enter the workforce or those who want to advance their careers. As I saw firsthand today in Altoona, it also connects businesses with the skilled workers they need to succeed in today's economy. PA CareerLink® is an exceptional free resource that I encourage all Pennsylvanians to explore and use."

PA CareerLink® helps prepare Pennsylvanians to meet the needs of businesses and matches employers with qualified and skilled candidates. Some of the free career building and other services provided include: 

  • Resume building/posting workshops
  • Mock interviews
  • Job search and training assistance
  • Adult education classes and workshops
  • Career fairs
  • Referral services to partners 

Today's job fair, featuring employers from Bedford, Blair, and Cambria counties, is being held at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. 

"We worked with several community partners to hold today's job fair, creating an opportunity for 80 employers from multiple counties to connect to individuals who need a job or are interested in making a career change," said PA CareerLink® Blair County Site Administrator Gwen Fisher. "We appreciate the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board, Altoona Blair County Development Corporation, Blair County Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center, for partnering with us to assemble such a fantastic number of resources for companies and those seeking employment." 

PA CareerLink® also has more than 5,000 free unique virtual training modules available through SkillUp® PA to help anyone in the commonwealth gain new skills and advance their careers. 

Some of the online trainings available through SkillUp® PA include: 

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Clerical
  • Customer Service
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Marketing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Project Management
  • Soft skills such as communication, time management and professionalism. 

Pennsylvanians can register online with PA CareerLink® or reach out directly to their local offices to learn more about all of the free programs and resources that are available. 

For more workforce development information, visit the L&I website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin

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