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Public Notice

The Westmoreland -Fayette WDB has released for review and public comment a modification to the WIOA Py 2017-2020 Regional and Local Plan. The public comment period is for 30 days effective August 23, 2019 and concludes September 23, 2019.

All public comments should be e-mailed to swplanning@partner4work.org

The plans can be found under the “Other Resources” tab –“Py 2017-2019 Modification.”

For more information please see: https://tricountywib.org/about-tcwib/news?id=191


The Westmoreland-Fayette WDB has released the Business Education Partnership Grant, Request for Proposals (RFP).  The grant funds will support student centered work-based learning activities, and STEM activities for K-12 Westmoreland and Fayette County students.  The Request for Proposals can be viewed and downloaded at www.westfaywib.org on the Other Resources tab. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  
Equal Opportunity Employer Program.

2019 Summer Internship Program

Experience Works!
The Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board through funding by the PA Department of Labor & Industry, is coordinating internship opportunities for 18-24 year-olds this summer.  Priority will be given to currently enrolled post-secondary students in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties.  
Experience Works PLUS! assists employers in building a future workforce while helping young adults develop meaningful skills and valuable business experience.  Companies benefit from the no-cost interns’ assistance in identifying and implementing business improvements.
Please see the OTHER RESOURCES TAB for further information for prospective students and interested businesses, as well as an Internship Job Description Form for completion by employers and an Intern Application Form to be completed by students.
Please contact Janet Ward at 724-755-2145 or jward@westfaywib.org to learn more.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Young Adult Employment and Training Programs

The Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations that will design innovative programming and comprehensive services that will result in young adults achieving academic, technical skills and employment success.  These funds will serve in-school youth (ISY) ages 14-16 years of age and out-of-school youth/young adults (OSY) ages 16-24 years of age in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties.  The funding period for the innovative programs will be from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.

The Request for Proposals can viewed and downloaded at www.westfaywib.org on the Other Resources tab.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Equal Opportunity Program.


Darien Fugozzotto
Darien Fugozzotto was awarded the 2019 Youth Service Award presented at the annual MLK Day Breakfast and Day of Service. This award is presented to a youth who has gone above expectations in Community Service and Center responsibilities.
“Dependable, caring, trustworthy are words not easily earned but they are words that first come to mind when thinking of Darien”, said Ann Priemer, Coordinator of Circles® Laurel Highlands Region, FCCAA.
Darien started with the Experience Works! program in January of 2018.  Through the Fayette County Community Action Agency, she was placed at the East End United Community Center (EEUCC) assisting with the 21st Century Afterschool Program, Little Legends Daycare, the Fayette County Human Service Council Trunk or Treat Event and the CIRCLES Program of the Laurel Highlands Region.

Reposted October 12, 2018
Business Education Grant:  Employer Engagement Activities Project

The Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations for the Business Education Partnership Grant:  Work and Learn Model Continuum, Employer Engagement.

The Request for Proposals can be viewed and downloaded at www.westfaywib.org on the Other Resources tab.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Equal Opportunity Program.

Grant Proposal Notice is available under the "Other Resource

L&I Grant Announcement

L&I Grant
On Thursday, January 10th, Hempfield Area High School hosted PA Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, when he visited our area to announce a Business-Education Partnership Grant in the amount of $127,050 for use in multiple STEM education programs.  Hempfield STEM teachers John Testa and Ashley Contristano Testa, led a tour through several classrooms where STEM Education is being offered to Hempfield students.  
Observing classes where cutting-edge technology is in use and hearing students discuss their positive experience with STEM education made for an intriguing tour.  Collaborative learning and partnerships with local businesses were mentioned extensively.  Both are key components in utilizing this funding.  WIB’s previous Business-Education Partnership Grant (PY 2016 & PY 2017) served over 1,100 K-12 students through career awareness and exploration programs, a county-wide internship model, and a career and college pathway model.
The Westmoreland-Fayette Business Education Partnership, via workforce and economic development initiatives, connects school districts, career & technical centers, post-secondary institutions, and businesses to align the K-12 education system with the workforce needs of local employers.  William Thompson, Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board Executive Director, was on hand to accept the grant and discuss the importance of providing students with work-based learning experiences.

Attendees included:
Dr. Tammy Wolicki, Hempfield Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Mark Gross, Hempfield Assistant Superintendent Secondary Education
Hempfield HS Principal Kathleen Charleton
Westmoreland County Commissioner Ted Kopas
Dr. Tuesday Stanley, WCCC President
Dr. William Kerr, Norwin School District Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Jane Heiple, Director of the Westmoreland County Forum for Workforce Development
Todd Weimer, Administrative Director, Eastern Westmoreland Career & Technology Center
Jim Rugh, Human Resource Manager, Composidie, Inc.
Justin Garlow, Director of Sales, Ford Business Machines
Muriel Nuttall, Executive Director, Fayette Chamber of Commerce
Tim Yurcisin, President and CEO, Private Industry Council of Westmoreland-Fayette, Inc.
Rob Ritson, Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania Senator Kim Ward
PA Representative Eric Nelson
PA Representative Justin Walsh  
Kathi Hull, Fayette Business Education Partnership
Shawna Little, Workforce Development Coordinator, Connellsville Career & Technical Center
Janet Ward, Youth Program Manager, Westmoreland-Fayette WIB
Melissa Keys, Compliance Officer, Westmoreland-Fayette WIB
Tamara Ostrom, Program Developer, Westmoreland-Fayette WIB

PY 17-19 Multi-Year Workforce Plan under WIOA

The Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board releases their PY 17-19 Multi-year Workforce Plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The Plan was approved by the PA Department of Labor and Industries. The Plan outlines the vision and goals of the workforce development system in the region.

The plan can be viewed on the “Other Resources” tab.

Accelerated manufacturing program benefits job-seekers, local companies

Westmoreland County Community College is offering a manufacturing training program for the unemployed, underemployed and those who have barriers to employment and education.

The Micro-Credential Training Program is comprised of three primary skill disciplines; a nine-day pre-employment program that combines hands-on and classroom learning at the college’s Advanced Technology Center, welding, and machining. Students are prepared for entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry.

By completing the program, students attain a number of micro-credentials, which are certificates and competencies that students earn to build their knowledge, skills and experience and are desired by employers.

The program was made possible by a $470,000 grant from U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Fund through the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board.

The college chose manufacturing as the focus because of a growing need in the area for skilled workers. One of the goals of the program is to not only help students attain jobs, but to help employers find qualified workers.
Partners in this grant include the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board and PA CareerLink. Students are recruited through PA CareerLink-Youngwood and the grant pays for all of the training.
The first group to complete the program consisted of five students, ages 19 to 38, who began their studies in May. All five completed the nine-day, pre-employment  program and earned credentials in OSHA safety, American Heart Association First-Aid/CPR, blueprint reading, shop math and AC/DC electrical among other skills.

From there, the students were placed in an introductory welding course for 40 hours and an introductory machining course for 40 hours.
Two of the students decided to pursue dual associates degrees in welding technology and machining at Westmoreland, while another went to work at a machine shop.

The second group consists of 13 students, ages 21 to 57.  Some were able to secure job interviews while they completed the program.

For the second group, the college doubled the hours to the welding course, enabling students to be eligible to take a certification test.  If a student passes, they are certified by the American Welding Society for 1G Open Root.

Recruiting for a third group of students will start soon.  Please inquire at PA CareerLink-Youngwood for more details on how to get started on this career training.