Employer Resources

Pennsylvania offers qualified employers the opportunity to train new and existing employees through the Guaranteed Free Training (GFT) Program offered through WEDnetPA  ( www.wednetpa.com )

The Business Owner’s Toolkit (www.toolkit.cch.com) includes a step‐by‐step checklist, model business plans, forms, and other business documents that you can download and use immediately. Advice oriented articles of interest to small businesses.

The Department of Economic Development (GCDED)  serves as the administrative body for the Greene County Planning Commission, Greene County Conservation District, Solid Waste & Recycling Office, grant services and Industrial Development Authority. The mission of the Department of Economic Development is to provide the appropriate services and develop the leadership necessary to assure that all of Greene County is planning for the future. Also, the office coordinates services related to economic planning and development activities in Greene County.

The focus of the Greene County Industrial Development Authority is on economic development, specifically the creation, attraction and retention of business. They offer financial assistance through bond issues, Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loans, Machinery and Equipment Loan Financing (MELF), conventional financing, bridge financing, etc. GCIDA is the lead agency for industrial recruitment and expansion in Greene County. Through the support of local government, GCIDA provides “one‐stop shopping” for manufacturing and distribution investors interested in site locations for new or expanding operations.

The Internal Revenue Service (www.irs.gov) offers plain English description of the federal tax code as it relates to all forms of business. This site allows you to download most business tax forms.

Keys2Work (SM) (www.keys2work.com) offers a Work Keys© based matching system and resource center connecting people with jobs in proactive communities.

The National Business Incubator Association (www.nbia.org) is the leading source of information for the business incubator industry. NBIA offers professional development activities that help business assistance professionals create and administer effective incubation programs.

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (www.osha.gov) offers a complete listing and comprehensive description of all‐federal regulations and standards that businesses must comply with regarding employee safety and health issues.

Pennsylvania Work Stats (www.paworkstats.state.pa.us) provides access to labor market data and occupational profiles.

The Federal Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov) maintains a virtual library of useful and extensive information on starting, expanding or financing business ventures. Complete listing and eligibility requirements for federal business loan programs and research grants.

The Smart Business Supersite (www.smartbiz.com) includes more than 60 categories of detailed management information with thousands of free resources geared specifically to help you run your business better.

The US Business Advisor (www.business.gov) provides one‐stop access to federal government information and services for businesses.

The US Census Bureau (www.census.gov) maintains an enormous website containing almost every social, demographic or economic statistic required for business planning and marketing. Economic indicators updated daily.

The US Department of Commerce (www.doc.gov) offers a broad range of useful business information including exporting, developing innovative technologies, economic growth measurements, granting patents and promoting minority entrepreneurship.

The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) provides impartial, timely, and accurate data related to social and economic conditions affecting the nation’s workers and their families.

The US Patent and Trademark Office (www.uspto.gov) offers general as well as technical information on all aspects of intellectual property protection, patents, trademarks and service marks.

Washington County Industrial Development Corporation  (www.washingtoncountyworks.com) promotes economic growth in Washington County. The dynamic public and private venture was formed in 1999 to provide a business‐driven, customer focused approach to economic development.

The PA Department of Labor requires Pennsylvania employers to post certain notices at their worksites so employees have access to information about applicable labor laws.  Please CLICK HERE to visit the website where you can view and download all the information.

Washington County Works (www.washingtoncountyworks.com) promotes economic growth in Washington County. The dynamic public and private venture was formed in 1999 to provide a business-driven, customer focused approach to economic development.

Job Seeker Resources

Southwest Corner County Governments

Support Services

          • Commute Info (www.commuteinfo.org) helps job seekers and employers in southwestern PA find alternatives to getting to work, other than driving alone. Our region includes 10 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland. The commuter can be going to school or to work and must have at least one end of their commute within the 10 county area.
          • Here to Help (www.heretohelp.pa.gov), an online resource, helps Pennsylvania residents make ends meet during difficult economic times. The website provides information about unemployment compensation and other government programs supporting employment and training, family services, veterans’ services, housing, seniors, economic development, and education.
          • Literacy Council of Southwestern PA The purpose of the Literacy Council is to promote literacy by teaching low‐level & non‐reading adults basic literacy skills using trained tutors & by generating community awareness & support. (http://www.lcswpa.org)
          • Washington Rides( www.washingtonrides.com )The mission of the Washington County Transportation Authority (Washington Rides) is to promote and provide high quality, cost-effective transportation to the citizens of Washington County and surrounding areas as appropriate, especially older adults, persons with disabilities, veterans, and economically disadvantaged individuals, including those on Medical Assistance.
          • Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority  ( www.mmvta.com )The mission of MMVTA is to provide transit services for its member municipalities and help revitalize the Mid Mon Valley. This is a great resource for transportation assistance.

Southwest Corner High Priority Occupation List

Pennsylvania’s workforce development strategy targets education and training dollars to High Priority Occupations: job categories that are in demand by employers, have higher skill needs and are most likely to provide family-sustaining wages. (High Priority Occupations in the Southwest Corner)

Additional information on HPOs in Pennsylvania
CLICK HERE

Educator/School Resources

PA Career Education Work Standards
Pennsylvania’s economic future depends on having a well-educated and skilled workforce. No student should leave secondary education without a solid foundation in Career Education and Work. It is the rapidly changing workplace and the demand for continuous learning and innovation on the part of the workers that drive the need to establish academic standards in Career Education and Work. Through a comprehensive approach, Career Education and Work Standards complement all disciplines and other academic standards. If Pennsylvania’s students are to succeed in the workplace, there are certain skills that they need to obtain prior to graduation from high school. These skills have been identified in the Career Education and Work Standards, but it is up to individual school districts to decide how they are to be taught. Districts can implement integration strategies within existing disciplines or can implement stand-alone courses to specifically address these standards.     
www.pacareerstandards.com   Click on Pennsylvania Department of Education to learn more.
                      
PHEAA is an organization specializing in making college affordable, offering both loans and assistance in finding out what you need to make your college experience rich and rewarding.  www.pheaa.org   

Going to college? 
Apply for Federal Student Aid Today! 
FAFSA is an easy means to fund your college experience through grants.  Grants are free from the government and are a great way to assist in getting you where you want to be. 
www.fafsa.com   
                                     
Next Magazine:   
http://www.panext.com/ 
Geared toward juniors, Next focuses on topics such as hot jobs, growing industries and where the money is. The articles will also help students learn more about higher education and training options and the many ways to pay for those higher education options. Whether you are a high school student deciding what you want to be, or a parent figuring out how to pay for college, this is your one-stop career and college planning site.

Education Planner
Whether you are a high school student deciding what you want to be, or a parent figuring out how to pay for college, this is your one-stop career and college planning site
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www.educationplanner.org 

Teachers Domain     Teachers’ Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.  http://www.teachersdomain.org/

ERIC – the Education Resources Information Center – is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by theInstitute of Education Sciences (IES) of the  U.S. Department of  Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support  the use of educational research and information to improve practice in  learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.www.eric.ed.gov

TG’s Adventures In Education (AIE™) is a public-service website developed to help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, AIE encourages individuals to discover and pursue educational opportunities. AIE promotes a better tomorrow by preparing students and families for the adventure today.www.aie.org

CareerOneStop  Career information for students and career advisors.

EducatorLabs is comprised of school librarians and media/market research specialists who work as curators and conservators of the scholastic web.  They collate high-quality digital resources that complement and enhance modern curricula with information for the benefit of: educators and instructors; parents; students; study groups; & researchers.

Southwest Corner High Priority Occupation List

Pennsylvania’s workforce development strategy targets education and training dollars to High Priority Occupations: job categories that are in demand by employers, have higher skill needs and are most likely to provide family-sustaining wages. (High Priority Occupations in the Southwest Corner)

Additional information on HPOs in Pennsylvania
CLICK HERE

Workforce Development Resources

Older Worker Resources

    • The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) (www.aarp.org/working_options) offers a guide for older workers with tips including resume writing and overcoming employment barriers faced by mature workers. It also lists places to acquire new job skills and find job opportunities.
    • The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (www.aging.state.pa.us) offers a wide range of information on older individuals and employment services. Many of the agencies have employment programs, job banks and career fairs.
    • The Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (www.swpa-aaa.org) develops and manages the overall service system for the older adults of Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties.
    •  The United States Administration on Agingwww.aoa.gov 
    • Aging Services of Washington County provides community based services to older individuals living  in Washington County. The services include Senior Community Centers, Nutrition Services, Transportation, Care Management and Ombudsman. Aging Services of Washington County is funded in part by the SWPA Area Agency on Aging, Inc. through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Washington County Board of  Commissioners.

Myths About Older Workers

There are numerous stereotypes about older workers that simply aren’t true. Here are some of those myths — along with the reality.

    • Myth: Older workers can’t or won’t learn new skills.
      Reality: Those over 50 are proving their ability to learn new skills by becoming the fastest growing group of Internet users and career-changers in their 40s and 50s are taking courses to enhance their skills.
    • Myth: Older workers don’t stay on the job long.
      Reality: Workers between 45 and 54 stayed on the job twice as long as those 25 to 34, according to the
      Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • Myth: Older workers take more sick days than younger workers.
      Reality: Attendance records are actually better for older workers than for younger ones.
    • Myth: Older workers aren’t flexible or adaptable.
      Reality: Because they’ve seen many approaches fail in the workplace, they are more likely to question change. But they can accept new approaches as well as younger workers can as long as the rationale is explained.
    • Myth: Older workers are more expensive.
      Reality: The costs of more vacation time and pensions are often outweighed by low turnover among older workers and the fact that higher turnover among other groups translates into recruiting, hiring,  and training expenses.

Youth Resources

Greene County School Districts 

Washington County School Districts

Career & Technical Schools

Other Youth Resources

  • National 4H Council: (http://www.fourhcouncil.edu)
  • Youth Services America: (www.ysa.org)
  • When and How Many Hours Can Youth Work?  Answers on work rules for young people:   ( www.dol.gov/elaws/faq/esa/flsa/028.htm )
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook  Official career listing of the US Department of Labor
  • PA Career Zone: (www.pacareerzone.org ) The place to learn about the many exciting careers in Pennsylvania.
  • Scholarships.com   This site has had one goal: to  help students find the money they need to get  through college. It is the largest independent online source for free college scholarship searches and financial aid information.  
  • PA Career Standards:  This electronic toolkit provides resources, references, crosswalks and other tools to assist elementary, middle and high schools teachers and administrators in implementing the Pennsylvania (PA) Career Education and Work Standards.  (www.pacareerstandards.com
  •  CareerLinking Academy curriculum includes, but is not limited to, career awareness activities, interest assessments, continuing education in the 21st century, leadership skills, job and labor market information, mock interviewing skills and resume preparation, cover letters, briefs, job applications, interviewing with human resource managers to discuss skills, interests, employer  needs and expectations, job shadowing opportunities, college, university and career and technical school tours, resources connections, and much more. It includes workshops for parents on continuing education and financial aid.
  •  TG’s Adventures In Education (AIE™) is a public-service website developed to help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, AIE  encourages individuals to discover and pursue educational opportunities. AIE promotes a better tomorrow by preparing students and families for the adventure today.

College Prep Tests
ACT – A national college admissions examination
GMAT – Interested in business? This is for you.
PSAT – Get ready for the SAT exam and qualify for a National Merit scholarship
SAT I & II – A national college admission examination

March2Success
A public service of the United States Army, March 2 Success is a web-based program designed to assist high school students in the ninth grade and above improve their performance on tests of math, science, and English, ACT and SAT preparation, state standardized tests, and their overall test-taking skills. There is no set number of tests each user can access, and tests can be retaken until the user is comfortable with the results. The program is free and completely confidential. Users will not be contacted by Army recruiters unless that contact is specifically requested. Content for the various tools was provided by Peterson’s, Educational Options, and the College Options Foundation.

STEM Resources (Science – Technology – Engineering and Math)
–  STEM ONLINE Resource Directory
–  Engineering Resources
–  Carnegie Science Center Stem Center 
http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/stemcenter/

Labor Market Information

Want to know what the types of jobs are booming across the state?   Want to see what the PA Unemployment rates are?

Well, here is the page where we will try to get that information to you and more!  Labor Market Information helps to educate people on Workforce Development needs and trends.  This information can help a number of different groups of people including those seeking employement, employers looking for the trends in the local area and numerous other groups.

For lots of interesting facts and information concerning Labor Market Information, stop and visit The Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Pennsylvania’s Workforce Statistics website (CLICK HERE) and gather tons of information!

Veterans Resources

**Each of our PA CareerLink offices also have Veteran’s Representatives that can assist with your training and employment goals.
Washington County Veterans Affairs Office
Greene County Veterans Affairs Office

The AbilityOne Program www.abilityone.org/work_with_us/people.html 
Federal initiative to help people who are blind  or have other severe disabilities find employment by working for nonprofit agencies that sell
products/services to the U.S. government

American Corporate Partners (ACP) www.acp-usa.org
Free nationwide, in-person or e-mentoring, career counseling and networking with professionals for long-term career development for veterans

America’s Heroes at Work www.americasheroesatwork.gov
 US Department of Labor project, designed for employers and workforce development systems, addresses employment challenges with Traumatic Brain Injury  (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder  (PTSD)

C.O.D.E. – Call of Duty Endowment www.callofdutyendowment.org
Helps veterans find careers and supports organizations that provide job training and placement

Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots http://ncta.unl.edu/web/ncta/combatcowboyboots
University of Nebraska job training and career placement program for military veterans interested in becoming farm or ranch owners, offered on-campus and distance education

Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) https://www.cool.navy.mil/
 Searchable database of civilian credentials related to training and experience gained from serving in the US Navy

The Farmer-Veteran Coalition www.farmvetco.org
Helps returning veterans find employment/training and works to improve job opportunities and veteran services in rural
communities

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/
Hands-on training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with service-related disabilities, offered throughSyracuse University, UCLA, Florida  StateTexas A&M, Purdue  University and
University of Connecticut

 G.I. Jobs www.gijobs.com
 Guide to post-military success with many career and education  resources

Helmets to Hardhats www.helmetstohardhats.org
Places veterans into building and construction careers through trade apprenticeship programs and offers specific resources for disabled veterans

Hire Heroes USA’s (HHUSA)  www.hireheroesusa.org
Transition assistance, job search/placement services particularly for veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, with specific resources for wounded or disabled veterans

Job Corps www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov/en/vets.aspx
US Department of Labor program offering free job training and post-training assistance services with priority enrollment for veterans (and three locations that offer dorm areas exclusively for veterans)

Marine for Life  www.m4l.usmc.mil/index.html
Provides nationwide assistance to Marines returning to civilian life

The Mission Continues
www.missioncontinues.org
Provides  opportunities for veterans to serve as citizen leaders

National Resource Directory www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov
Provides access to veteran services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration

Operation RE/MAX www.operationremax.com
Provides listing of RE/MAX offices that have made a commitment to hire and mentor military spouses, veterans and transitioning personnel

Return to Work www.return2work.org
Offers vocational rehabilitation and employment services: evaluation, training, placement, service learning and supported
employment

The  Veterans Corporation www.veteranscorp.org
 Provides veterans and service-disabled veterans with access to the tools required to become successful in business

Veteran’s Transition Franchise Initiative www.VetFran.com
 Franchise opportunities portal operated by the International Franchise Association, offering specific discounts to veterans

Military to Civilian    http://www.militarytocivilian.com/
This is a gateway to the many sites and services provided by Bradley-Morris, Inc., “the largest military-focused job placement firm in the U.S.” Veterans and personnel preparing to separate from the service can review their many resources and select those that work best for the individual, from career and job search advice to resume assistance to job placement.

Make The Connection  www.maketheconnection.net   A website for connecting Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their  lives.