CANCELED - L/S WIB Executive Committee Meeting 7/10/19

Public Notice

Interested parties are advised that the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc. Executive Committee meeting scheduled on July 10, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at 32 E. Union St., 2nd Floor, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 is cancelled.

Pennsylvania CareerLink Hazleton honored as CAN DO Partner of the Year

lswibpartnerofyearCAN DO, the economic development organization serving Greater Hazleton, honored the Pennsylvania CareerLink Hazleton as its Partner of the Year during CAN DO's annual dinner on June 4.

CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O'Donnell said, "Our partners at the Pennsylvania CareerLink of Hazleton, share in this mission. Site Administrator Christine Jensen and her staff have always been instrumental in so many ways in helping the existing businesses and industries in our parks with many of their staffing needs, but more relevant to this award, in partnering with CAN DO as we work together to provide prospective businesses with the workforce information they need to make a location decision."

PA CareerLink Hazleton, which is one of three Career Link offices overseen by the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, manages hundreds of in-house recruitment events with local employers each year and conducts skills assessments using the nationally-recognized WorkKeys program to measure basic foundational skill levels in potential employees and assess if they have the necessary traits employers are looking for in their available positions.

The CareerLink also provides some reimbursement to companies for hiring and training eligible and skilled individuals who are unemployed or under-employed through federally-funded programs like the On-the-Job Training program and the Summer Internship program.

Student Manufacturing Video Contest 2018

What’s so cool about manufacturing?

This sure is!

These annual video contests excite students across Pennsylvania to explore cool manufacturing careers and produce profiles of companies.

NEPA WDB PY 2017-2019 Multi-Year Regional Plan and L/S WIB PY 2017-2019 Multi-Year Local Plan

L/S WIB DRAFT PY17-19 Multi-Year Local Plan

NEPA WDB DRAFT PY17-19 Multi-Year Regional Plan

On behalf of Chairperson, Karen Kenderdine and the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc., in partnership with Chief Elected Officials from Luzerne County Council and Schuylkill County Commissioners, present the DRAFT Luzerne/Schuylkill Local Workforce Investment Board Multi-Year Local Plan and the DRAFT Northeastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Workforce Boards Multi-Year Regional Plan for Program Years 2017-2019.  The Plans have been submitted to the PA Department of Labor and Industry.


YES (Your Employability Skills) Program Overview

Another successful year for the YES (Your Employability Skills) program has been completed.  the Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Council, Increcently produced a video that provides a general overview of the program. Since YES was first offered in 2006 with only 1 school and 14 students initially,  5,554 students have participated in the program, with 2,010 of those earning their certification. Because of YES, students are not only equipped with the skills necessary for the workplace, but also with knowledge that will help them to grow into responsible and successful adults.  Please click here to watch the video:

L/S WIB receives $10,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Pennsylvania to bring the mobile science lab to Northeastern Pennsylvania

Gregory Hostetter, the Deputy Secretary for Animal Health & Food Safety at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and State Representative Michael B. Carroll (D-118, Luzerne/Lackawanna counties) visited the Pittston Area Intermediate Center/Middle School Tuesday to watch students as they used the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture – Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab to learn about the importance of agriculture and the food on their table.

The Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, in conjunction with the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce and Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Pennsylvania that it is using to bring the mobile lab to four elementary/middle schools in the Pittston Area, Wyoming Area, North Schuylkill and Shenandoah Valley school districts.

Hostetter said, “This mobile agricultural lab is great because it educates children on what agriculture is all about. It’s a hands-on learning experience and the students can do workshops. This combination of hands-on learning and science is very important. I’m sure the students will remember what they learn in this lab for years to come.”

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