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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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A Green Light to a Second Chance: Uber, Lawmakers Work to Help Individuals with Criminal Records Earn Gainful Employment

Pennsylvania has a business problem. Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians with a criminal conviction are being prevented from access to housing, education and, most importantly, work opportunities. And the cost is enormous. According to 2015 statistics from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, connecting just 100 formerly convicted Pennsylvanians with jobs produces $55 million in earnings and yields $1.9 million in wage tax contributions over their lifetimes.

Student Success Stories

Aaron Schroeder
Aaron Schroeder
Aaron's Story

Aaron Schroeder heard about the mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarship from his college advisor at the end of his high school senior year. The advisor said the scholarship was meant for students going into specific trades, and that welding was one of them. When Aaron read about the qualifications for the scholarship he was pleased because, as he put it, “It seemed to describe me.”

A student at Pittsburgh Technical College, Aaron is working towards his Associate’s Degree in welding. He chose this area of study because he fell in love with the idea of welding when his grandfather showed him s...

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