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Experience Works! Summer Program Showcases Success of Students!

Connellsville Canteen
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.

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