2018 CCBC Career Fair

Greene County Youth Career Fair

The Greene County Consortium of School Counselors is in the process of planning its 2018 Career Awareness Day for all 8th and 11th grade students in the county.  Event held on Thursday, MARCH 15th, 2018 at Waynesburg Armory.  Vendor registration and set up from 7:15-8:00 and the fair runs from 8:00-11:00.

See the attached flyer for registration info.

Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP)

Interested in a career in the Building Trades?

Want to get a head-start on acceptance into one of 16 local trade unions?

This program is for you and available at no cost!

NEXT CLASS STARTS NOVEMBER 13, 2017 at CCAC WASHINGTON CAMPUS

Visit your local PA CareerLink office – ask for ARP application or call 724-728-4860.

See the flyer below for more information on this program

Local Plans Released for Comment

The Southwest Pennsylvania WIOA Planning Region, incorporating Allegheny County Workforce Development Area, City of Pittsburgh Workforce Development Area, Southwest Corner Workforce Development Area, Tri-County Workforce Development Area, and Westmoreland Fayette Workforce Development Area is releasing its Multi-Year Regional Plan for Operations under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.  Also, the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, incorporating Beaver, Greene and Washington Counties in Pennsylvania is releasing its Multi-Year Local Plan.

The Southwest Pennsylvania WIOA Planning Regional Plan can be found here.

The Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board can be found here.

All plans are available for comment for a 30-day period through August 24, 2017.  Comments can be submitted to via email to [email protected].  Please include in the subject line of the email if your comment pertains to the Southwest Regional Plan or Southwest Corner Local Plan.

Expungement Workshop

PA CareerLink Mon Valley is hosting an expungement workshop on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  Start time is at 10:00am.  Jim Hanna from Washington County Domestic Relations will be on hand to explain options and methods of record expungement.

Space is limited, so please call 724-379-4750 to register.  Flyer below contains all information about the event.

HIGH PRIORITY OCCUPATIONS

High Priority Occupations (HPOs) are one component of Pennsylvania’s industry-driven approach to workforce development. The purpose of the HPO lists is to align workforce training and education investments with occupations that are in demand by employers, have higher skill needs and are most likely to provide family sustaining wages. Combining statistical data with regional expert input allow for a complete picture of the actual workforce needs of the commonwealth.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Workforce System has established High Priority Occupations (HPOs) where more than $10 million in education and training dollars are targeted for investment in key occupations. These occupations are those in demand by employers, have higher skill needs, and are most likely to provide family-sustaining wages.

The Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board is seeking feedback and requests for additional High Priority Occupations for the 2017-2018 program year.

Please note: There has been a change in the occupations listed.  You can review the 2016 HPO list that is attached below.  We have highlighted all occupations that have been removed from the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Area list.

Please review: the 2017 Southwest Corner Workforce Area Draft list that is attached.  We have highlighted the additions to the draft list.

All Completed applications, along with required documentation, must be sent to Ami Gatts, Director, via email at [email protected] and/or  A hard copy of materials may also be sent via U.S. mail to: Ami Gatts, Director, Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, 351 West Beau Street, Suite 300, Washington, PA 15301

This notification is only for the HPO Petition Process and does not serve as a notice for adding programs to the Eligible Training Provider List. 

2016 HPO Lists – HIGHLIGHTED NOT ON 2017 LIST

2017 DRAFT HPO Lists – HIGHLIGHTED NEW TO LIST

HPO Petition Form 2017

Title I RFP Released

On behalf of the Commissioners of Beaver, Greene, and Washington Counties, the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, incorporating Beaver, Greene, and Washington Counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is soliciting proposals for Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker Services for the Workforce Innovation and Investment Act (WIOA) program years 2017-2019.  Interested service providers can download the RFP beneath this announcement. Proposals are due on or before 4:00 pm, April 20, 2017.

Title I RFP Released

RFPs Released

One-Stop Operator RFP Released

On behalf of the Commissioners of Beaver, Greene, and Washington Counties, the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, incorporating Beaver, Greene, and Washington Counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is soliciting proposals for One-Stop Service Operators for PA CareerLink® centers in Beaver, Greene, and Washington Counties.  Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board envisions utilizing a consortium model of Operator delivery, fully explained within the RFP.  Interested service providers can download the RFP beneath this announcement.  Proposals are due on or before 4:00 pm, March 31, 2017.

2017 SCWDB ONE-STOP OPERATOR RFP

Youth Provider RFP Released

On behalf of the Commissioners of Beaver, Greene, and Washington Counties, the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, incorporating Beaver, Greene, and Washington Counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is soliciting proposals for Youth Services for the Workforce Innovation and Investment Act (WIOA) and Transitional Aid for Needy Families (TANF) program for program year ’17.  Program requirements and provisions are fully explained within the RFP.  Interested service providers can download the RFP beneath this announcement.  Proposals are due on or before 4:00 pm, March 31, 2017.

2017 SCWDB Youth Provider RFP

Washington Greene County Job Training Agency, Inc. Receives Grant to Train Dislocated Coal Miners from Appalachian Regional Commission

 Washington, PA, January 31, 2017 – The Washington Greene County Job Training Agency, Inc. (WGCJTA, Inc.) has been awarded a $653,400 grant award from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).  This grant will fund the Transitioning from Black to Blue: Training Former Coal Workers for Natural Gas Utility and Pipeline Careers in Appalachia.  The program will be created and implemented in conjunction with Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a leading research, development and training organization that has been the natural gas education leader for 75 years.

The ARC award will provide a targeted retraining program for displaced coal workers that enables them to pursue local employment in the natural gas utility and pipeline industry. The training courses will be offered at three regional education institutions – Butler County Community College, Westmoreland County Community College, and Washington State Community College (Marietta, OH). The curriculum developed by GTI ensures that participants’ knowledge and skill development is industry-standard and best positions them to find stable employment in an expedited manner. The project will primarily serve a 23-county area in southeast Ohio and southwest Pennsylvania, and will train100 individuals.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our Workforce Development Area and surrounding region to offer high-quality training to dislocated coal miners in order to transition from the mines to the natural gas industry,” said Ami Gatts, President/CFO of WGCJTA, Inc.  “With many of our local miners looking for training and employment, I feel this program can provide that opportunity.”

“This program will enhance the regional jobs picture by providing targeted training that will meet the workforce needs of the utility and pipeline industry while providing the students with tangible skills that are in high demand,” said Patrick Findle, Senior Program Manager at GTI. “The long-term strategy is to extend the program in both the number of students trained and areas served.”

“Assisting our coal-impacted communities presents significant opportunities for community revitalization and economic advancement,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “The Wolf Administration appreciates the Appalachian Regional Commission’s support of these efforts in Pennsylvania. We anticipate continued progress as the recently awarded POWER grants are implemented and applaud WGCJTA for its efforts.”

Program development will begin in March and training is anticipated to begin in Summer/Fall 2017.  Program updates and information can be found at www.washingtongreene.org or by contacting Patrick Findle, Program Manager at [email protected]; 412-577-8350.

 

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.

L&I will disperse this grant to the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board (WDB), the Westmoreland Fayette WDB, and the Southern Alleghenies WDB, which will, in turn, disburse the funds to reemployment programs for affected dislocated workers.

“The coal industry is an important part of Pennsylvania’s economy, and when there is a downturn we must assist workers in their effort to gain employment,” said Governor Wolf. “My administration is committed to helping Pennsylvanians who face challenging times. These grants will help workers develop individual employment plans that will help to keep them in the workforce.”

“I am delighted to be announcing L&I’s receipt of this grant, today,” said L&I Secretary Kathy Manderino. “The coal industry employs a lot of hard-working Pennsylvanians, and in this unfortunate case where some of its employees are laid off due to a market slowdown, it is important to the governor, myself, and the entire southwest region that these workers re-attain productive, gainful employment as quickly as possible.

Individual employment plans will be developed for regional dislocated coal workers who fit grant requirements. Depending on the recipient, this plan could include immediate reemployment in a similar position or training for a different, high-quality position. New industries absorbing employees will likely include energy, transportation, and manufacturing.

L&I’s regional Rapid Response Teams will also play a major role in making sure all dislocated workers are aware of the training and reemployment options available to them through this grant.

The USDOL National Emergency Grants (NEGs), which encompasses this National Dislocated Worker Grant, temporarily expand the service capacity of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and local workforce development boards at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events which cause significant job losses. NEGs generally provide resources to states and local workforce development boards to quickly reemploy laid-off workers by offering training to increase occupational skills.

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