News Articles from August 2009
Library System of Lancaster County and PA CareerLink Collaborate on Career Planning Seminar
Lancaster: Beginning this week and continuing through 2009, the Library System of Lancaster County and the Business Services Team of the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County will be offering a free seminar entitled "Personal Career Planning: Getting from Here to There" at library locations in Adamstown, Columbia, Eastern Lancaster County (New Holland), Ephrata, Lancaster, Manheim Township, and Quarryville. The 90-minute program is designed to help people who are looking for work to become more focused on their job search.
Each of the libraries will provide at least one of the seminars each month with several providing two per month, one during the day and another in the evening. Click here for a schedule of the information sessions.
In the course of the program, participants learn how to assess their own interests and skills under the leadership of a workforce development professional from the Business Services Team of the PA CareerLink. The seminar leader introduces those attending to the Top 100 Hot Jobs in Lancaster County which are the top picks of the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board for where the recovery will begin in our regional economy. More information on these jobs and the education and training that are required to get them is offered.
Most of the latter part of the program introduces those attending to the services of the PA CareerLink that include Ready2Work, its workforce readiness program, as well as the wide array of short-term training options that are provided through funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Training includes construction, building maintenance, administrative support, forklift driving, welding, bookkeeping, sales, and many others.
For more information, contact the library listed on the attached schedule or Rhonda Kleiman at the Library System by clicking here.
Hundreds Exhaust Unemployment Benefits
Harrisburg: Representatives of the PA Department of Labor and Industry announced in early August that 400 residents of Lancaster County exhausted their Unemployment Compensation benefits during the week ending July 18, 2009. That pattern has continued through the summer. Most UC claimants are entitled to some 77 weeks of support between the core program and additional benefits made possible under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Local workforce investment officials see this as one of the more disturbing trends that are a part of the recession that began in the last quarter of 2008. "It appears that this recession will be similar to the last one with a recovery underway relatively quickly in spite of the more complicated disruptions of the financial system but with employment lagging behind dramatically," commented Scott Sheely, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board. "We are concerned that people do not wait until their unemployment runs out to address their needs for retraining and preparing themselves to participate in the recover as it unfolds."
Sheely added further that the Board has made nearly $1.5 million in stimulus funding available for the development and implementation of more than 35 short and longer-term skill training programs. Topics include construction, building maintenance, building energy technology, adminstrative support, bookkeeping, sales, printing, industrial machine maintenance, customer service, medical transcription, and many others. This training directly supports the 100 occupations that the Board has identified as being most important as the recovery develops. Click here for that list.
As a part of the ongoing programs of the PA CareerLink, the service facility at 1016 N. Charlotte St. in northern Lancaster City, offers a Career Information Seminar every Tuesday at 1:30 pm. Click here for more information.