PA CareerLink® Capitol Region Grand Opening to Showcase Services, Facility, & Employer Education

Posted On On: October 22, 2012 Categories Filed Under: Chamber News

Harrisburg, PA (October 22, 2012) – With job growth and workforce development in the media spotlight, the PA CareerLink® Capitol Region’s new facility’s off-the-chart use highlights  the need for services for both regional employers and job seekers.

To showcase its services and new location, the PA CareerLink® Capitol Region will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for employers and legislators on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its offices at 100 North Cameron Street, in Harrisburg.

The event will feature presentations by Mayor Linda Thompson,US Senator Pat Toomey’s regional manager, Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick, the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, and others, followed by a ribbon cutting, networking luncheon, tours and an employer seminar.

“Our goal is to foster stronger employer relationships and greater job growth. Our new and expanded facilities will make that goal so much more accessible for both employers and those seeking jobs,” states Susan Harwood, Administrator of the PA CareerLink® Capitol Region.

The Grand Opening is targeted toward employers to share the updates and information about the free services the PA CareerLink® Capitol Region provides to help businesses find the right people for their jobs. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by emailing sharwood@wibpa.org or redwards@prworksinc.com.

An employment resource partner for the South Central Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board (SCWIB), PA CareerLink® Capitol Region serves more than 2,500 clients, both area job seekers and employers, from Dauphin County each month by providing training and opportunities to develop qualified and professional job candidates.  All services to employers and job seekers are free of charge. The new North Cameron Street location provides easier access for clients with ample, free off-street parking and Capital Area Transit service nearby.

According to Harwood, “The new location has seen a 26 percent increase in customers (employers and job seekers) per day in comparison with last year’s numbers In August, from 2,779 customers in 2011 to 3,486 in 2012.”

The PA CareerLink® Capitol Region helps job seekers from many backgrounds, including veterans, senior citizens, ex-offenders, and people with disabilities. In-person assistance may include one-on-one support, computer access and training, and guidance or funding for vocational training. Among its many targeted services, PA CareerLink®  provides:

  • Job search assistance and computer access
  • Job seeker workshops
  • Workshops on civil and non-civil service applications
  • Access to on-the-job training
  • Referrals for GED, adult basic education and post-secondary training
  • WorkKeys® assessments to measure “real world” skills
  • Computer and phone access to file for unemployment compensation
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