More than 50 Graduate from Ready2Work
Lancaster: On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, more than 225 Lancaster County residents graduated from Ready2Work, a workforce readiness program that is sponsored by the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County at a ceremony held at Liberty Place. Community partners include the Spanish-American Civic Association, Brightside Baptist Church, the Urban League, and Neighborhood Services.
Those graduating included Nancy Alvelo, Emmanuel Alvarez, Elizabeth Andrews, Gregory Bachman, Alicia Bachman, Amanda Barthold, Glenis Bautista, Sierra Brown, Cathy Burton, Miryam Cadillo, Sara Cayol, Hector Cuevas, Juan Diaz, Mozella Drakeford Jr., Andres Forns, Gian Geiger, Lisa Heiselman, Santa Heredia, Gina Jones, Merton Kerr II, Kathleen Kowalski, Brian Krady, Amethyst Lemoine, Bruce Long, Jacquelyn Longenecker, Ashley Loomis, Lily Luciano, Gabriela Machado, Mark Mantani, Jaslynn Martinez, Jose Martinez, Rosa Matos, Raymond Mitchell, Ines Morales, Ingrid Mora-Smith, Nikosha Norton, Jesus Ortiz, Corina Ortiz, Virgen Perez, Thomas Peters, Peter Phipps, Chelsea Reed, Alyssa Riker, Yaslinel Rivas, Bruce Robinson, Kassandra Rodriguez, Amber Roth, Ken Schmidt, Malia Schrom, Michael Simcox, Kenneth Suter, Kenny Tran, Shane Ulrich, Heather Wagner, David Wenger, Erica Yeager, Rachelle Yeager, and Claudia Yecker.
Participants completed a program that usually takes from one-six weeks which includes career counseling; assessement foundational skills; remediation in reading, mathematics, and using charts and graphs; and a review of work skills around attendance, managing conflict, working with others, being prepared for transportation and child care emergencies, managing time and money, and other important issues. Participants receive a Career Readiness Credential from the Workforce Investment Board and the Lancaster Chamber upon completion of the WorkKeys standardized test of workforce skills.
Some of the graduates have gone on to other skill training programs in construction, welding, machine operation, printing, and food safety.
Counselors with the PA CareerLink help graduates make connections with Ready2Work employers who guarantee people with the Career Readiness Certificate a job interview if their skills match jobs that might be available. The list of 35+ employers which includes manufacturers, insurance agencies, long-term care facilities, and others is diverse and grows by dozens each month.
Future classes run continuously. Contact the PA CareerLink at 717-509-5613 or 717-391-3570 (TTY) for enrollment information.