Workforce Spotlight

PIA Students Can Reap the Benefits of Paid Tuition and a Job Offer Before Starting Classes

March 16, 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor has identified aviation mechanics as a career with faster than average growth, and a driving factor is that retirements are not being offset by new employees entering the field.  According to the Boeing Technician Outlook, the aviation industry will require 626,000 new maintenance technicians globally through 2040, with 132,000 of those techs needed in North America alone.

Western Governors University Launches Tech is Everywhere Scholarship

March 09, 2022

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week – Creating our next great workforce!

February 23, 2022

As your partner in supporting local business, we know how difficult it is to find and keep great employees. Many of our young people lack the knowledge and skills you need, or they leave to pursue opportunities because they simply don’t know about the great local jobs available right

Leading Military-Serving Nonprofits Achieve New Heights in Veteran Employment Assistance

February 16, 2022

VetJobs and Military Spouse Jobs, two leading nonprofits providing career readiness and job placement assistance to the military community, announced that they are the first nonprofits to surpass 75,000 verified, military-affiliated hires. 

Google: Prioritizing Employee Work/Life Balance

February 09, 2022

As workforce continues to be a top-of-mind issue for employers and the competition for skilled talent persists, employers have gotten more generous with salary and benefits packages to both attract and retain workers.  Recently, Google announced an increase to employee leave benefits to ensure parents and caregivers have more time with their families, and to provide more balance.

Leading by Learning: The Giant Company Strives for More Equal, Inclusive Workplace

January 05, 2022

More and more businesses nationwide are having conversations about how to combat inequality in the workforce. Equality of Opportunity — the goal to ensure that every citizen has access to the skills and education that will lead them down a successful career pathway — is at the heart of the PA Chamber’s “Bringing PA Back” mission. To that end, we look toward member companies that are putting words to action through impactful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs that celebrate the unique talents each person brings to the table. One such company is The GIANT Company.

PA Chamber Foundation: Setting Up Students for Future Success in PA

December 15, 2021

Commuter Services Provides Employers Access to Transportation Resources as a Workforce Development Strategy

November 23, 2021

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, workforce development has become an important topic of discussion as employers compete to fill open positions.  Transportation is one of the major barriers faced by individuals seeking work, and Commuter Services can be a vital tool to help provide transportation resources to both employers and employees.

U-GRO: Teaching with Purpose - Early Education at the Forefront of Pandemic Recovery

September 01, 2021

Villanova University’s College of Professional Studies Offers Multiple Pathways for Individuals and Businesses to Gain Expertise and Upskill

January 26, 2021

At Villanova's College of Professional Studies, we believe life experience is the kindling to the brightest futures. We believe the past is a launch pad. We believe today is the day to change course, pivot to an alternate adventure, become who you've always said you'd become. And we're here to help you fulfill that promise.

Jobs for America’s Graduates of Pennsylvania: Bridging the Gap Between Classrooms and Careers

January 06, 2021

Allegheny College: Graduates Equipped for 21st Century Jobs

December 09, 2020

The workforce of the 21st century requires a different approach to education and training to meet the needs of domestic and global businesses and nonprofit organizations. Just as the Industrial Revolution brought about a shift from an agricultural to an industrial economy, today’s fast-evolving marketplace -- given the influence and fast pace of innovation and technology -- demands a different and broader set of skills in the labor force.  

Grow with Google: Using Technology to Drive PA’s Economic Recovery

December 02, 2020

For many job seekers across the United States, the difference between landing a job or continuing the search hinges on how well they understand digital tools. Nearly two-thirds of all new jobs created since 2010 require either high or medium-level digital skills, which poses a challenge for jobseekers who lack this essential training. Technology plays a crucial role in helping people find good jobs. It also can help drive broader economic recovery for the country.

Harrisburg University: Relevant STEM Programs for All Learners

November 18, 2020

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is moving forward to supply relevant training for traditional and nontraditional college students in the workforce world. Our mission is to offer innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.

Shippensburg University Helping Businesses and Community Adapt to New Workforce Realities

November 11, 2020

Remote work and new business realities necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic aren’t likely to go away any time soon, and the quick shifts in these areas have left many workers, businesses and job seekers with a need to learn new skills. Shippensburg University is responding to these needs through new trainings designed to assist those working remotely and small businesses and job-seekers that are navigating a new, increasingly digital environment. These trainings will be short, non-credit and virtual to offer the maximum amount of flexibility.

HACC’s STEP Academy Helping Reentrants Find Gainful Employment

October 28, 2020

By Vic Rodgers

Northampton Community College: Committed to Workforce Development and High Priority Occupation Training Now More than Ever

October 21, 2020

Community colleges are often at the forefront of creating new training options based on trends in local business and industry need.  Agility is key. For decades, Northampton Community College has delivered non-credit training programs in Corporate and Public Safety, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Industrial Skills, Hospitality, Computer Skills and Office Administration.  We recognize the importance of creating training that meets the needs of our local employers and businesses in the many high priority occupations in our geography.

CCA: Preparing Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow – How School Should Work

October 14, 2020

Commonwealth Charter Academy is a top accredited public cyber charter school that provides personalized educational programs and services to more than 16,000 students in grades K-12 across Pennsylvania at no cost to families.

The Challenge Program, Inc. Raising Student Awareness of Job Training Programs

October 07, 2020

The Challenge Program, Inc. was founded in 2003 by Daniel Perkins.  Our mission is to build sustainable business and education partnerships while motivating students to develop the good habits required to succeed in school and in their future careers. Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 are challenged in TCP’s five incentivized categories that are linked to successful career habits – Attendance, STEM, Community Service, Academic Improvement and Academic Excellence. 

Montgomery County Community College Creates Solutions for Workforce Needs

September 30, 2020

Montgomery County Community College has been a partner with business and industry since the College was founded in 1964.  Our mission is centered on our commitment to being a community hub for learning skills and achieving credentials that promote prosperity and quality of life.  Collaborating with regional employers is key to serving the workforce needs of the county and region.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Prepares Teens for Jobs of the Future

September 23, 2020

For the past 130 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania has built a rich legacy of being one of the most comprehensive youth services providers in both Allegheny and Somerset counties by living out our mission to activate and advance the potential in every child by doing whatever it takes to ensure they have GREAT FUTURES.

Community College of Allegheny County -- The Gateway to Regional Employment Opportunities

September 16, 2020

Workforce development and training aligned with 21st century demands is essential to enhancing the economic growth of the Greater Pittsburgh region. Over the past few years, as our aging workforce has started to retire, there has been a noticeable void of qualified individuals to fill the gaps. With certificate programs, continuing education credits and training programs quickly becoming the industry standard for education, the Community College of Allegheny County has positioned itself as the gateway to regional employment opportunities.

Addressing the Talent Pipeline – How Penn College is Revolutionizing Apprenticeship Training to Close the Skills Gap

September 09, 2020

In manufacturing and other applied technology sectors, a shortage of skilled workers has been a vexing and ongoing challenge for many years. Too few students pursue manufacturing-related career pathways, too few parents know enough about modern manufacturing and the associated opportunities to encourage that pursuit, and the existing workforce is short on the required skills to fill the needs of employers. Add the retirement of 10,000 baby boomers per day to the mix, and you have a perfect storm of skilled labor disconnect.

Reading Area Community College is Preparing the Next Generation Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Now

September 02, 2020

A frontrunner in Industry 4.0 training, the Schmidt Training and Technology Center, a dedicated facility at Reading Area Community College for advanced manufacturing technology in Reading, PA, is ready to position operators and technicians to be solely efficient and effective - no outsourcing.

NuPaths: A Partner in Building Your IT workforce

August 26, 2020

Information technology has become an integral part of every business, and employers need a workforce that is proficient in technology. Over the years, the need for technology skills has grown beyond just the IT department.  Due to this high demand, many employers no longer require a four year degree for technology roles that can be filled by candidates who have the specific skills and certifications to perform the job.

Junior Achievement of Western PA Creatively Connects Students with Employers

August 19, 2020

Junior Achievement’s K-12 career education programs provide exciting, eye-opening realizations about how our economy works, how to find and keep a job and the role that business plays in our lives. For more than 80 years, JA has responded to various challenges in the workforce by creating local programs to meet the needs of our business community.