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Northwest PA Workforce Development Board, Officials to Announce Mobile Delivery of Services

Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 12:05 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

MEADVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The Northwest Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board and local elected officials plan to announce a new method of services delivery at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, in Meadville.

The announcement will introduce the mobile delivery of Workforce Services in the six-county area including Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Venango, and Warren.  Career Link is one of those services.

Guest speakers will include Julie Slomski, NW PA Governor Wolf’s Regional Office; Crawford County Commissioner John Amato; Joy Sherry, Board Chair; and Dr. Armendia Dixon, Crawford County READ Program.

A press release will be available at the event after a brief presentation.

The Clarion office of CareerLink closed on April 30, 2017.

In a previous article on exploreClarion.com, it was noted that although the office closed, career link services will continue with a different delivery approach.

Janet Anderson, Executive Director of the Northwest Pa. Workforce Development Board, stated in an earlier interview that the staff will be moved to new locations.

“We’re not eliminating service; we are just delivering service in a different manner. It will be a more mobile method of service,” explained Anderson.

Reasons for the change were both costs and better serving needs,” added Anderson. “Initially, it was focused on better delivering services because we were finding that the number of people walking into the CareerLink is small. You need clients.”

“We’re seeing people in Clarion an average of 2.9 times over a three-month period. A total of 86 percent of our people are only coming in one or two times…ever. We started to wonder how can we really help people, and our partners told us that we’re not making good referrals; some of our people don’t want to come there, and if CareerLink could come to the partners, they could help us with that.”

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