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Students Explore Engineering Skills Through Tower Building

Students Explore Engineering Skills Through Tower Building

3rd - 5th grade students from Monessen Elementary recently explored how different towers around the world were built during the Private Industry Council’s After-School Program! They also learned about different professionals in the engineering industry such as...

Springfield Pre-K’s Spring Adventures

Springfield Pre-K’s Spring Adventures

Spring started out with guessing whether the groundhog would see his shadow or not. We encouraged the children to vote on whether or not we were going to have six more weeks of winter and created a graph to display our data! Those who said we were going to have an...

Private Industry Council – Growing Future Leaders for 40 Years

Private Industry Council – Growing Future Leaders for 40 Years

The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland / Fayette Inc. (PIC) is celebrating 40 years of offering youth programs in Westmoreland/Fayette counties.  To celebrate this milestone, PIC is welcoming all youth to their Youth Open House events to learn more about all PIC...

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Head Start / Early Head Start FAQs The Private Industry Council discusses frequently asked questions for Head Start and Early Head Start students. Private Industry Council operates the Head Start / Early Head Start program for Beaver and Fayette Counties in the...

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In June 2023, Jennifer found herself unemployed from her General Manager position. She had to apply for Unemployment Compensation for the first time in 13 years. She was selected for the Re-Employment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) Program, a mandatory State program for those receiving unemployment. Jennifer participated in the program with a Career Advisor in July 2023. She had been applying for jobs but had been unsuccessful in finding anything that was comparable to her previous field.

As part of the RESEA program, a workshop must be attended, so Jennifer selected the Resume Workshop, where she met the Employment Specialist (ES) that she started working with. The ES worked with Jennifer in revising her resume. She was still applying for jobs, but just not getting interviews. She spoke with her ES about the barriers that she was encountering. Jennifer was interested in taking her management background and applying for Human Resources positions. She kept on encountering a roadblock because she lacked the certification needed for many of the higher-level jobs to which she was applying.

The ES suggested that she research training for Human Resources Professional in which she would obtain a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) certification. Jennifer was extremely interested and started researching training programs offered under the approved funding. She found a 6-month program at Lenape Technical that she could attend online at her own pace. Jennifer went through the training process and was approved for funding and began the training in November 2023. Jennifer was required to apply for jobs as part of her RESEA unemployment requirements. Her ES suggested to her to put on her resume that she was attending the Human Resources Professional training and due to receive her SHRM certification. Jennifer finished her training 6 weeks early and was hired at a major bank in Pittsburgh, making $75,000 a year. Jennifer plans to continue her education by taking Project Management classes through the ‘SkillUp’ program offered by the State PA CareerLink®.

Jennifer said: “CareerLink provided excellent guidance and support when I was looking to go back to work after having my son. I knew I wanted to gain more professional experience in HR, so I started a 6-month program to help me sit for my SHRM certification. I loved that the program was self-paced, so that I could focus on being a mom too. I was even able to land a position in HR after attending a resume class and updating my pursued education. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to further my education and career.”

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