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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.

Apprenticeship Readiness Program

Interested in a career in the Building Trades? Want to get a head-start on acceptance into one of 16 local trade unions? Visit the PA CareerLink Westmoreland County office and ask for Apprenticeship Readiness Program application! NEXT CLASS STARTS March 19, 2018 at Westmoreland County Community College’s Advance Technology Center! For more information see the flyer under the “Other Resources” TAB!

WIOA CareerSTEPS Program Helping Young Adults Succeed!  

One of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funded programs through the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board is CareerSTEPS which is provided by Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports Inc.   The program is held at both the PA CareerLink® Fayette and Westmorleand Counties.

Isaiah Bean is one of the students from the CareerSTEPS program based at the PA CareerLink® Fayette County. He started the program on February 8, 2017. When Isaiah started the program he was in need of his GED as well as employment. Before entering the CareerSTEPS program Isaiah had a very difficult time in school. He was bullied and to cope with the bullying he turned to drugs and dropped out of school. He knew in the back of his mind that he needed an education to be successful.  

He stopped using drugs and enrolled in the Adult Education Classes that the Private Industry Council provides. Through the Adult Ed classes, he heard about the CareerSTEPS program and decided to enroll in the program to help him get further and become successful.  He began to attend classes on a regular basis, created a resume, attended all the workshops that was offered through CareerSTEPS which include CPR/First Aid and participated in a Mock Interview.

On March 7, 2017, Isaiah completed his GED and completed the CareerSTEPS program on March 27, 2017. On May 18, 2017, Isaiah attended a Career Fair that was being held at the PA CareerLink® Fayette County. During this time, he talked to employers and was finally contacted by Ohiopyle Prints. He was hired on as a full time employee and continues to improve his life every day

Experience Works! Summer Program Showcases Success of Students!

Westmoreland Fayette Workforce Investment Board’s Experience Works! Youth Program gives students work experience to learn new skills within local businesses within Westmoreland and Fayette Counties.

Daniera Lane was one of the young adults placed through the Private Industry Council (PIC) at the Tax Office within the Westmoreland County Courthouse.  This was Daniera’s first job and she was very frightened because she had never had a job before. The Youth Specialist from PIC took Daniera to get clothing for the job since it was in such a professional environment. Once working, Daniera quickly learned the job duties and took on multiple tasks. Her co-workers at the Tax Office were also responsible for helping to grow her self-esteem.  While working, Danirea attended GED classes at the PIC office in Greensburg.  With continuing with GED classes, and the job at the Tax Office, Daniera has turned a corner and made amazing academic strides toward obtaining her GED.  Her hope is to earn her GED and enter the courthouse’s pool of temporary workers.  

Tommy Deason and Samantha Nicholson both worked at The Connellsville Canteen as a part of the Experience Works! Summer Program.

“The Connellsville Canteen” is a training facility for students to learn about all aspects of running a restaurant through waitressing, cleaning, kitchen preparation work and learning about human relations skills when dealing with the general public.  Through the Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc., Experience Works! Program, the Connellsville Canteen was able to have two students who were interested in the restaurant field attend our training sessions.  
These students not only learned a great deal about restaurant entrepreneurship, but also filled in a gap for us when extra employees were needed.  Tommy and Samantha both showed great enthusiasm for our nonprofit organization and were very professional young adults who excelled in the training and added that special touch to our customer base.”
–Daniel Cocks, Executive Director  

This summer over 140 Youth and Young Adults participated in the Experience Works! program funded through the Westmoreland – Fayette Workforce Investment Board. This program provides youth and young adult’s ages 16-24 year olds the opportunity to work in various locations throughout Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. The Private Industry Council (PIC) and Fayette County Community Action Agency (FCCAA) were selected to be the providers for the program.

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.

2017 Williams Fay *West* Green Fluid Power Challenge!

Fluid Power Challenge
Over 100 middle-school aged Future Fluid Power Engineers were welcomed at the 2017 Williams Fluid Power Challenge Workshop Day on September 28, 2017!  

The Williams Fluid Power Challenge brings together 7th and 8th grade students from 16 school districts to Penn State Fayette for two full days of learning. Local engineers from Williams Laurel Mountain Midstream and Johnson-Matthey teach students the basics of pneumatics and hydraulics and then assist them with their building. Teams were introduced to a variety of tools and materials they can use from two kits to demonstrate movement by pneumatic and hydraulic power.  The challenge goal is to build a lift arm using pneumatics and hydraulics to move blocks from one space to another.  

Between the Workshop Day and the Challenge Day, students work at their schools to determine the best design for their project and create a portfolio of work.  Approximately 6 weeks later, on November 16th, the middle school teams will return for the Challenge Day to build their project as designed and then compete as one of the 29 teams participating in the Challenge.  As part of the competition, each team is evaluated by the mechanism, their design approach, a review of their portfolio and team work.  

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce and its Fayette Business
Education Partnership (FBEP) is proud to be the host the 4th annual The Williams Fluid Power Challenge.  As a FBEP co-chair and funding sponsor, the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board is invested in supporting business and education partnerships. These are local businesses working with our schools to get students excited about careers in STEAM disciplines and learning about career opportunities in Fayette and Westmoreland County.

The following school districts from Fayette and Westmoreland Counties participating this year are:

Albert Gallatin School District
Belle Vernon School District
Brownsville School District
Connellsvile Area School District
Frazier School District
Laurel Highlands School District
Uniontown School District
St. Johns the Evangelist Regional Catholic School
Franklin Regional School District
Greater Latrobe School District
Hempfield School District
Mt. Pleasant School District
Norwin School District
Yough School District

TruFoodMfg receives PA Workforce Development Association Award at June 13, 2017 WDB meeting

Bill Thompson, Executive Director for the West-Fay WDB introduced Dan Stephenson, HR Director for TruFoodMfg.  TruFoodMfg was nominated by the Westmoreland-Fayette WDB  and was selected by the PA Workforce Development Association and the PA Department of L&I to receive the Governor’s Employer Award.  TruFoodMfg is a contract manufacturer of food products located in the RIDC Park east of Pittsburgh. TruFoodMfg recently placed four job candidates via its partnership with the PA CareerLink® Alle-Kiski and the OJT/VVI programs.  Each of these individuals earn more than $20 per hour, plus benefits.   TruFoodMfg actively participates in the OJT program at the Alle-Kiski CareerLink®, working closely with Rick O’Domes, PA CareerLink® Administrator and Jill Dickun, CareerLink® Account Representative.  

PICTURED ABOVE: Rick O’Domes - PA CareerLink Alle-Kiski Site Administrator, Dan Stephenson – HR Director of TruFoodMfg, Jill Dickun – PA CareerLink Alle-Kiski Account Representative, and Brian Edmiston – Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Westmoreland Fayette WDB

Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center and the Smail Auto Group

Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center and the Smail Auto Group received the Pennsylvania Education Workforce Leadership Award at a ceremony on May 10-12, 2017, held at Hershey Lodge.  Smail Auto Group and Central Westmoreland CTC has built a mutually beneficial industry partnership for the last 13 years,  embracing  the AYES School-To-Work Initiative Act as a career path for successful automotive careers.  Over 50% of former AYES interns (11 0f 21 interns) are still employed with Smail Auto Group. CONGRATULATIONS to both Westmoreland-Fayette Award Recipients.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Out-of-School (OSY) Youth Services Proposals

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 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, 2017 through June 30, 2019, based on performance and future funding availability, and with an option to extend for up to one year .

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.

Revised RFP for Title 1 Career Services and/or One Stop Operator

The deadline for submitting proposals under this RFP has been extended to April 24, 2017.

2017 Experience Works Youth Application

The 2017 Experience Works Youth Application is available under the "Other Resource" Tab.

RFP for One-Stop Operator and/or Title 1 Career Services

The Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board is requesting proposals from qualified organizations for the One-Stop Operator and/or Title One Career Service Provider under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The RFP and budget forms can be viewed and downloaded at www.wetfaywib.org on the “Other Resource” Tab.
Auxiliary Aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Equal Opportunity Employer Program.

L&I awarded $2 million for reemployment assistance program.

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced today that the department was awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) National Dislocated Worker Grant. The grant will go towards reemployment assistance for about 1,100 workers impacted by layoffs attributed to the downturn of the coal industry in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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