Partners – PA CareerLink, WCIDC and EGC

Partners – PA CareerLink, WCIDC and EGC

We have been associated with the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC) and Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland (EGC) for years, but recently developed a true partnership.  As a result of Jason Rigone, Director of Planning & Development, Executive Director of WCIDC and Janice Albright, Administrator PA CareerLink Westmoreland, being on the same radio program with Chad Amond, Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce President the seed was planted.  Their dialogue led to a connection between Kim Donnelly, Business Development Director of WCIDC and Awanda Pritts, a PIC Account Representative at the PA CareerLink Westmoreland.

Awanda and Kim are coordinating efforts to develop working relationships that provide resources for Westmoreland County employers.   These efforts began with R.E. Uptegraff, a Scottdale based company that Awanda has been involved with for the past 3 years.  This started with an introduction of Kim to the new owners, Shenda Electric of China.  This company retained the Operations Manager, Awanda’s primary contact, that allowed her relationship with R.E. Uptegraff to not only continue, but to grow with the new company’s future plans.   Awanda organized an introduction for Kim with the new owners as well as a guided tour of the facility with discussion of their expansion plans in Westmoreland County.  This discussion led to a second meeting where Donna Bates, Director of Finance, Marketing, and Programs  for the EGC was included to provide information on assistance with the purchase of new equipment for this expansion project.  Resources like this allow us to help our local employers maintain and/ or expand their operations by providing them with job candidates, financial assistance and referrals.  We are a source for them to access for information and referral services to assist them reach their goals.  They also visited The ExOne Company in North Huntingdon where they reviewed the resources available to them in the future.

This partnership works both ways.  After the merger of Pittsburgh Electric Engine and Watt Fuel Cell, leadership roles in the business changed.  When you are getting a project like this off the ground you are working 25 hours a day.  The PA CareerLink was very interested in establishing a working relationship with Watt Fuel Cell, but wanted to wait until the time was right.   Kim had the opportunity to meet with the Director of Corporate Services when the company was getting established in Mt. Pleasant.  This time it was Kim who set up the meeting to introduce Awanda to inform Watt about the services that the PA CareerLink can provide to them.

This open line of communication that Kim and Awanda have developed keeps moving forward with the sharing of information and services available to the businesses in Westmoreland County.

Next stop is Equipment and Controls Inc. in Monessen.  By the time you read this article I am sure there will have been more successful meetings to report on and more scheduled for the future as well, thanks to this community partnership.

If you have any questions about the Employer services that are available in Westmoreland County you can contact Awanda at 724-755-2330 or Kim at 724-830-3606 or stop by a local Chamber Event where you may get a chance to meet both of them.

Third Annual Parent Training Event 2014-2015

Third Annual Parent Training Event 2014-2015

Seventy parents gathered at Westmoreland County Community College on May 14th for an event hosted  in collaboration with the following agencies: the Private Industry Council, Head Start/Early Head Start of Fayette County, Center of Excellence: SEEDS,  Head Start of Beaver County, Westmoreland County Community Action, and Community Action Southwest.

The parent engagement event featured four speakers: Lois Malmgren from Westmoreland County Community Action; Headda Sharapan from Fred Rogers; Gina Bowen from the Private Industry Council Center of Excellence: SEEDS; and Heidi Hess from the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.

The workshops centered on what parents can do to help their families feel empowered, and address the same collective concerns and needs with their struggles. Parents were provided strategies and support to resolve and overcome family/child challenges with autism and developmental delays, nutrition and health, communication, and behaviors. The workshops enabled parents to share ideas and experiences and reinforce how influential they are in their child’s development.

Parents were also able to gather information and network with representatives from our local community partners, which included: Southwest Immunization Coalition; Women, Infants, and Children [WIC]; A Childs Place at Mercy Hospital; Parent to Parent; Highmark Caring Place; Father’s Initiative of Beaver County; Fayette County Assistance Office; Westmoreland County Drug & Alcohol; Private Industry Council – Adult Education; Aetna; and PA CareerLink Westmoreland County.

In addition, parents enjoyed a catered luncheon, and gift baskets were also raffled to encourage family activities. 

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Ribbon Cutting

RIBBON CUTTING & GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION:

STATE-OF-THE-ART LEARNING & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER

The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art learning and workforce development center in Lemont Furnace, Pa.  (3 miles northeast of Uniontown).

The 23,500 sq. ft. utilitarian structure, which is situated on a 5.56 acre property, includes five Head Start classrooms, an Early Head Start socialization area, an indoor children’s physical activity center, adult learner classrooms and a computer lab, PA CareerLink Fayette, and office space.

The design allows for future growth and meets the special needs of its preschool students. PIC worked with a Fayette County architect to design the facility. Layout of the rooms, parking lot, and playground were carefully planned to meet current needs, with an eye toward potential future development.

What:                  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with guest speakers:

Erin Molchany, Director, Southwest Office of Pennsylvania Governor Wolf; 

Gary Reed, Rural Development Coordinator, USDA Rural Development Agency; 

John Frick, Jr., Regional Manager, Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey;

Louis Lazzaro, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy;

Pennsylvania State Sen. Patrick Stefano, 52nd Legislative District;

Pennsylvania State Rep. Timothy S. Mahoney, 51st Legislative District;

Pennsylvania State Rep. Ryan Warner, 52nd Legislative District;

Pennsylvania State Rep. and PIC board member R. Ted Harhai, 58th Legislative District;

Fayette County Commissioners Vince Zapotosky, Angela Zimmerlink and Al Ambrosini; and,

Bill Thompson, Executive Director, Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board.

                               Tours of the new building will also be available after the ceremony.

When:                 Thursday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m.

Where:                  112 Commonwealth Drive, Lemont Furnace, Pa.

Private Industry Council Cuts Ribbon

Private Industry Council Cuts Ribbon

For new State-of-the-Art Learning and Workforce Development Center

On Thurs., June 4, the Private Industry Council and guests joined together to celebrate the ribbon cutting and grand opening of its new state-of-the-art learning and workforce development center in Lemont Furnace, Pa.

The 23,500 sq. ft. utilitarian structure, which is situated on a 5.56 acre property, includes five Head Start classrooms, an Early Head Start socialization area, an indoor children’s physical activity center, adult learner classrooms and a computer lab, PA CareerLink Fayette, and office space.

PIC President & CEO Tim Yurcisin welcomed the guests and talked about the exciting features of the building. He stressed that among the many advantages of the new building, the best one of all is that a parent can drop their child off at Head Start, walk upstairs and learn job skills that will make them competitive in the jobs market. Then, a number of special guests and federal, state and local politicians spoke including: Erin Molchany, Director, Southwest Office of Pennsylvania Governor Wolf; Gary Reed, Rural Development Coordinator, USDA Rural Development Agency; John Frick, Jr., Regional Manager, Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey; Louis Lazzaro, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy; Pennsylvania State Sen. Patrick Stefano, 32nd Legislative District; Pennsylvania State Rep. Timothy S. Mahoney, 51st Legislative District; Pennsylvania State Rep. Ryan Warner, 52nd Legislative District; Pennsylvania State Rep. and PIC board member R. Ted Harhai, 58th Legislative District; Fayette County Commissioners Vince Zapotosky and Angela Zimmerlink; Bill Thompson, Executive Director, Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board; and Rose Ziglear, Head Start/Early Head Start parent.

There was also a rose planting ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Head Start. This was at the suggestion of the national Office of Head Start since on May 18, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced Project Head Start from the White House Rose Garden. On that historic day he made a commitment to open a window of opportunity for our nation’s most at-risk children and their families.  

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Gary Reed, Rural Development Coordinator, USDA Rural Development Agency; John Frick, Jr., Regional Manager, Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey; Stephanie Miller, PIC Board Chair and Nemacolin Woodlands Vice President of Human Resources; Louis Lazzaro, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy; and Tim Yurcisin, PIC President & CEO

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 Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy; and Tim Yurcisin, PIC President & CEO

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 Tim Yurcisin, PIC President & CEO

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 Representative Tim Mahoney, PA 51st District

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 Dave Serafini, PNC; Bill Thompson, Executive Director, Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board; Gary Yarbrough, PIC Board member; Terri Campbell, Vice President of Operations at PIC; Pat Stefano, PA 32nd District; Jordan Ball, Senator Robert P. Casey's office; John Frick Jr, Regional Manager, Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey; John Malone, PIC Past Chair/Somerset Trust Company Senior Vice President; Lou Lazzaro, Ted Harhai, PA 58th District; Rose Ziglear, HS/EHS Parent; Erin Molchany,Southwest Director, PA Governor Tom Wolf; Tim Yurcusin, Representative Tim Mahoney, PA 51st District; Ryan Warner, PA 52nd District; Stephanie Miller, PIC Board Chair and Nemacolin Woodlands Vice President of Human Resources; Charmaine Sampson, The Eberly Foundation; Angela Zimmerlink, Vice Chair, Fayette County Board of Commissioners; Joan Tracy, PIC Board member; Vince Zapotosky, Chair, Fayette County Board of Commissioners; Pat Leach and Jayden Leach

 

Parents Learn How to Cook Fast, Healthy Meals

Parents Learn How to Cook Fast, Healthy Meals

By Lori Bowers

Busy families need fast meals for dinner; however, fast meals aren't necessarily healthy. On March 23rd the Mill Run Parent Group along with our registered dietician hosted a ‘Pressure Cooking’ event. The families learned how to make two healthy meals using two different types of pressure cookers that would take less than one hour to prepare.

Rob Chaney, Mill Run Head Start dad, demonstrated how to make a roast with potatoes in a stove top pressure cooker. While Judy Siebert, a registered dietician, made bean soup in an electric pressure cooker. The roast meal from start to finish was done in 40 minutes. The bean soup was completed in 35 minutes. Each meal was sampled by the families and was found to be very flavorful.  

The families learned that modern-day pressure cookers are very easy to use and have safety features built in. They can’t explode because the pressure release and gasket mechanism allows excess pressure to vent. Families also learned that there are many benefits to using a pressure cooker:

  • Pressure Cooking is healthy-- foods retain most of their nutrients and are much more flavorful.
  • Pressure Cooking is faster-- foods cook 70% faster.
  • Pressure Cooking has less clean up-- only one pot to clean.

Invest in a model that best suits your needs and lifestyle, buy a pressure cooker cookbook or research online for recipes; and enjoy fast, healthy and delicious meals all year long. Pressure Cookers range in size and price. You can purchase a pressure cooker for as low as $35.00 at a local retail store.

 

 

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