Career Pathways Initiative

Pennsylvania

LOCAL WORKFORCE AREA(S):

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

BRIEF SITE DESCRIPTION:

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has chosen the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (LVWIB) for Institute participation. Lehigh Valley is the area bounded by Lehigh and Northampton Counties, which are situated in the east-central portion of Pennsylvania approximately 90 miles west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia. The cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton and the suburban fringe on their boundaries comprise a large share of the regional population. The Lehigh Valley boasts a regional population of 635,000 in 242,000 households with a population of 30 million people living within100 miles. Over the past 30 years, the region’s economy has transitioned from 42% manufacturing to 11%, while adding 32,000 jobs in the last 13 years.

GOALS:

The primary goals are to develop career plans, pathways and planning tools for Pennsylvania’s workforce system, and engage community partners, focusing on community colleges, to assist in the creation and implementation of career plans for PA CareerLink® (One-Stop) customers. Reaching these goals include addressing the preparation of an energy-related workforce pipeline through PA Green CareerLinking Academies, and using PA CareerLink® workforce system to implement: workshops for core services; web-based career pathways; training pathways in green, healthcare, and other occupations; and raising community awareness through a Career Pathways toolkit designed for integration into Pennsylvania’s workforce system.

SECTORS/INDUSTRIES:

Focus on green occupations, health care, and other locally emerging industries

AREAS OF STRENGTH/PROMISING PRACTICES:

  • Labor & Industry’s state-level partnerships for this grant include a strong connection with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE). The workforce deputy at Labor & Industry has recently began work with the Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) program at DOE to more closely align delivery of WIA Title I and Title II funding, including contextualized literacy projects.
  • Pennsylvania’s community colleges have provided career-oriented trainings to various industry partnerships across the state.
  • Pennsylvania’s CareerLinks®, or one-stop centers provide career pathways, academies, case management, assessments, workshops, occupational skills training, basic education, supportive services, job placement, and build on partnerships with the private sector, Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships, Chambers of Commerce, Business Education Partnerships, varied training providers, and professional organizations.
  • The Lehigh Valley WIB is consistently one of Pennsylvania’s highest-performing WIBs with a mission is to ensure an employer demand-driven world-class workforce system aligned with economic development, education and the community focusing on targeted industry clusters.

TEAM MEMBERS/PARTNERS

PENNSYLVANIA LIST:

  • Diane Bosak, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges
  • Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board
  • Cindy Evans, Workforce Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board
  • Carol Jones, Executive Director, The Literacy Center
  • John Haupt, CareerLink Administrator, Pennsylvania CareerLink Lehigh Valley
  • Jan Klevis, Supervisor of Adult & Continuing Education, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute
  • Michelle Pappalardo Director, Center for Technical Training and Business, Northampton Community College
  • Don Snyder, President, Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Veronica Snyder, Director of Partnership Development, Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board
  • Bob Spangler, Superintendent, Catasauqua High School
  • Bern Wagenseller, Director of Academic and Special Programs, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute
  • Michael Westover, Director, PA DOE
  • Kelly Whitman, Executive Assistant, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

WEBSITE:

No URL provided.

CONTACT:

Kelly Whitman, Executive Assistant, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
651 Boas Street. Harrisburg, PA 17102
Phone: (717) 783-1951,
Fax: (717) 346-0455
Email: kwhitman@state.pa.us