The Power Initiative

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The Private Industry Council’s Experience Works! and Youth Re-Entry Programs are kicking off the start of the 2023 with a variety of opportunities for youth in both Fayette and Westmoreland counties. Experience Works! focuses on providing experience and skills for...

Password Security – 5 Best Practice Tips

Password Security – 5 Best Practice Tips

  The world today is so cemented in online accounts varying from emails, social media apps, online shopping, streaming subscriptions, banking and more that it can seem overwhelming to remember every password used. Every user is different with how they maintain...

Start off the New Year with a New Career

Start off the New Year with a New Career

Let us help you start the New Year off right. Looking for a new career or new job? Let us help you! The PA CareerLink and their partners have services for all ages and all backgrounds to help you reach your New Year’s goals. If you are looking for a job we have...

Getting Fit in PIC Pre-K

Getting Fit in PIC Pre-K

The Pre-K classroom in Marzolf Primary in the Shaler Area School District just completed a unit of study on health and exercise. The dramatic play area in the classroom was transformed into a gym and smoothie bar. Students were able to “work out” using treadmills,...

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Listen to the “PIC Podcasts”

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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The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, INC, is working with the Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Investment Board to provide funding for our local miners that have become dislocated. The “Power Grant” is intended to support eligible dislocated workers who have been impacted by job loss within the coal industry. It is anticipated that more than 4,000 workers will be dislocated in the region to be served by this grant.

PIC has hired Peer Counselor, David Serock, a dislocated miner with a strong background in the coal industry, to help his fellow miners engage in services not only through the CareerLink, but supportive services throughout the different communities. David has become an integral part of referral and access to needed services. He has attended many orientations and meetings within the counties of Fayette, Greene and Washington where this grant is also being utilized.

David is also working with the CareerLink staff to enhance specialized services to fulfill their needs such as resume classes, job fairs, and referrals to employers or different funding sources. David has been invited to the coal mining food banks and rallies where he introduces these services. He also has meetings with employers to show how the mining skills are transferable skills to employment opportunities within their company.

In the referral process, dislocated miners will be referred to a PIC Employment Specialist to register with JobGateway and develop an Individualized Employment Plan. In this plan, the Employment Specialist will assess the dislocated worker through different assessments to determine basic skills, and have a one on one interview to define barriers. Once assessed, the individual will be ready to pursue other employment or educational assistance.

The goal of these partnerships is to promote economic growth by meeting training needs and to connect our dislocated workers to long term career paths that lead to family sustaining wages.