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Companies in Pennsylvania are facing a serious problem.

Fifty-six percent of employers in a 2016 survey on workforce said they are having trouble filling technical and skilled trades jobs as well as other employment opportunities. Across the nation, and especially here in the Commonwealth, we have people without jobs and we have jobs without people.

High Demand Occupations in PA

Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care.

Automotive Master  Mechanic

Automotive Master Mechanic

Repair automobiles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles.

Software Developer, Applications

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs.

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Their Time to Shine: The mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Scholarship Recipients Head into a Bright Future With the Support of PA Chamber

Last year, the PA Chamber Educational Foundation commissioned a study about the struggles facing Pennsylvania employers in terms of the quality of their workforce and the job candidates pool. The results showed what we’d long heard anecdotally — business owners in a position to hire were having a difficult time finding qualified job candidates with the skills necessary to fill these roles. We knew that closing this jobs skills gap wasn’t a problem that the business community could handle singularly, and that bringing attention to it meant doing something big. In this case, ‘big’ meant hosting a Workforce Summit last year that featured Executive Producer and Show Host Mike Rowe, best known as “the dirtiest man on TV” from the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, as the keynote speaker.

Student Success Stories

Hanna Gibson
Hanna Gibson
Hanna's Story

Hanna Gibson understands that an eagerness to learn all aspects of a trade can get you far in life. “I started out wanting to be an architect, but my Dad and Uncle told me that I needed to learn from the bottom up,” she explained. “So, I signed up for a carpentry building construction class at my career center, and while I was there I got to be a part of a Residential Construction Management Competition team, which gave me an opportunity to see all aspects of the building projects and I found I enjoyed the management portion the most.” Armed with this knowledge, Hanna is attending the ...

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Re-entry Programs Part 1: A Successful Resource in Employee Recruitment

Re-entry Programs Part 1: A Successful Resource in Employee Recruitment - As companies struggle to find employees to fill vacant jobs, there are valuable pools of prospective recruits that remain untapped.  Re-entry programs have been a proven successful resource in employee recruitment.