Workforce Solutions Forum
Date(s) - September 20, 2023
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
This no-cost forum will provide employers with information on services and program resources to assist with employee recruitment and training needs. Participants will also learn about funding opportunities that can help defray the cost of employee training. Featured guests include representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the PA Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA).
- 8:30 AM: Dr. Steve Nunez, President of Penn Highlands Community College
- Welcome and introductions of special guests
- 8:40 AM: Julie Davis, Director, Workforce Education at Penn Highlands Community College, and Debi Balog, Workforce Development Community Liaison at Penn Highlands Community College
- Purpose of the forum and the agenda
- 8:45 AM: Gwen Ross and Johanna Pro, PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)
- Overview of DCED, workforce development opportunities, best practices, and new programs.
- 9:30 AM: Jennifer Sklodowski, Director, Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board
- Overview of SAWDB, PA CareerLinks, and youth and re-entry programs.
- 9:50 AM: Break
- Relax for a few minutes
- 10:00 AM: David Grimaldi, Director, Workforce Development, JARI
- JARI Industry partnerships and programs.
- 10:05 AM: Julie Davis, Director of Workforce Education at Penn Highlands Community College
- Customized training, work readiness, and WEDNet training grant
- 10:10 AM: Employer Panel
- Best practices
- 10:40 AM: Debi Balog, Workforce Development Community Liaison at Penn Highlands Community College
- Casual instructors, evaluation, and survey
- 10:45 AM: Kim DeLellis, Ed Legge, and Nick Reighard: PA Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA)
- Presentation on the PA WorkStats website that provides up-to-date information on workforce and economic data
- 11:45 AM: Question & Answer Session
- Get your questions answered by industry experts
- 11:55 AM – 12:00 PM: Closing with Linda Thomson, President of JARI and a Board of Trustees member for Penn Highlands Community College.