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TruFoodMfg awarded for outstanding workforce opportunities to wide range of employees

TruFoodMfg awarded for outstanding workforce opportunities to wide range of employees

TruFoodMfg hired over 70 participants from the Alle-Kiski Valley in 2016, and recently added 75 new workers with the opening of a third production facility in RIDC Park, bringing the total company employment complement to nearly 500 full-time, benefit-eligible positions. The company is currently involved in three key state employment programs, including On-the-Job Training (OJT), the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Veterans Value Initiative (VVI). TruFoodMfg recently placed four job candidates via its partnership with PA CareerLink® and the OJT/VVI programs. Each of these individuals earns more than $20 per hour, plus benefits.

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Award-winning Opportunity Construction, LLC gives hand up, fresh start to ex-offenders

Award-winning Opportunity Construction, LLC gives hand up, fresh start to ex-offenders

Carl Phinney, owner of Steelton-based Opportunity Construction, LLC, needed ready-trained workers in time for the start of a busy construction season. The company focuses on giving ex-offenders and those with barriers to employment a chance at a promising future through hard work. Beginning in January 2016, Opportunity Construction and the PA CareerLink® locations in south-central Pennsylvania developed a strategy to ramp up the company’s workforce in time for the highway construction season.

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Brown’s Super Stores donned Governor’s Employer Award

Brown’s Super Stores donned Governor’s Employer Award

Brown’s demonstrates excellence in partnering with the workforce system through its many relationships with local workforce development agencies, including PA CareerLink®, the Salvation Army, America Works, and the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services. Brown’s has partnered with PA CareerLink® by attending career fairs and conducting mock interviews. Brown’s has also partnered with the Salvation Army’s “Soups On” program to provide employment to 80 percent of the program’s annual graduates.

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#CollaborationWorksAward donned on Braddock Borough, student recipient

#CollaborationWorksAward donned on Braddock Borough, student recipient

Braddock Borough (Allegheny County) has always looked for opportunities to build partnerships with community and government organizations that promote student involvement in the borough. Braddock was the first municipal partner to participate in the MY Work Initiative, and Borough Manager Deborah Brown championed the initiative with her colleagues in other boroughs. Her efforts resulted in several other municipalities participating in this pilot program.

Through the MY Work Initiative, Braddock Borough provided local youth with summer employment that reinforced the soft skills necessary for success in the workforce.

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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom lauded for hiring people with disabilities

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom lauded for hiring people with disabilities

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, an Allentown-based amusement park that is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment, offers numerous job opportunities for individuals aged 16 years and older. These jobs include seasonal, entry-level positions, skilled trades, internships, and professional employment.

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City of Bethlehem Recycling Bureau named Hall of Fame Champion of Older Workers

City of Bethlehem Recycling Bureau named Hall of Fame Champion of Older Workers

Mature workers are the focus of employee hires made by the City of Bethlehem Recycling Bureau. This employer has relied on the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board and the AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Programs, the City of Bethlehem’s website, and employee referrals to hire older workers. This seasoned workforce of mature adults has proven to be responsible and dependable, and is known for a strong work ethic.

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Central-Westmoreland CTC and Smail Auto Group Win Governor’s Employer Award

Central-Westmoreland CTC and Smail Auto Group Win Governor’s Employer Award

Through the efforts of several outstanding auto technology instructors, the Central Westmoreland CTC has built a mutually beneficial industry partnership with the Smail Auto Group through Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES).

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Moises Maldonado | 2016 Governor’s Achievement Award Winner

Moises Maldonado | 2016 Governor’s Achievement Award Winner

While still in high school, Moises helped his uncle at the garage, first learning how to make small repairs and eventually more complex jobs like replacing brakes. He liked making money more than attending school and wanted to quit school and get his own place. Instead, Moises’ father insisted he join the National Guard, where he worked on Humvees and diesel engines. He credits the military with “straightening him out” as a young adult.

Scott Caltagarone | 2016 Governor’s Achievement Award Winner

Scott Caltagarone | 2016 Governor’s Achievement Award Winner

When Scott’s journey began, he was still in school and struggling with a learning disability. Accepting the help offered to him with vigor, Scott worked hard to complete a Summer Work Experience program, where he learned the importance of getting to work daily and on time and proved his ability to work well with others.

Tredegar Film Products | 2016 Governor’s Job Creation Award Winner

Tredegar Film Products | 2016 Governor’s Job Creation Award Winner

With an entry-level production wage of $18.40 per hour, Tredegar attracts a quality workforce and has low turnover. For more than a decade, Tredegar has exclusively partnered with the PA CareerLink® Schuylkill County for all production hiring. The company became an ACT WorkKeys® profiled employer, using the WorkKeys® assessment testing for production workers since 2013.

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