At Southwest Training Services, Inc., we recognize the importance of preparing young people for success in the workplace. If you are between the ages of 14 and 24, and are interested in working or going to some type of training, please call or stop by to find out how we can help you better yourself and increase your earning potential.

Our services for youth include:

    • career exploration and labor market orientation
    • summer and year-round work experience
    • job shadowing
    • industry tours
    • career and college fairs
    • subsidized employment
    • tutoring/mentoring
    • computer skills training
    • proctored certification exams
    • high school equivalency (GED) classes- referrals
    • internships/apprenticeships
    • and much more…

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SCHOOL DISTRICT  & CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER LINKS

Greene County School Districts

Washington County School Districts

Career & Technical Schools

Summer Work Experience Application:

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Worksite Background Clearances:

PA Acts 33 & 34 Clearances

If your company/agency is interested in becoming a worksite with Southwest Training Services, Inc., the worksite supervisor and/or alternate supervisor will be required to apply for Act 33 and Act 34 clearances when working with children or volunteering with vulnerable populations.  You can get these clearance forms from us (SWTS, Inc. pays for the background checks), or you can go to the following sites to get them:

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Act 33 Child Abuse Form   http://www.dhs.pa.gov/publications/findaform/childabusehistoryclearanceforms

Act 34 Criminal Record Check Form     https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Testimonials

The Youth Program staff at Southwest Training Career Link is on the cutting edge of today’s workforce needs, college and career readiness, and personal growth. The workplace skills, experiences, and knowledge that their services foster in our youth, are impacting and far reaching. Always evolving, adapting and insisting on upholding the values of a strong community, the Career Link Youth Programs are a tremendous support to our students and assist us in helping our young people to reach their potential as students and as future citizens.

Megan Marie Van Fossan, Supervisor of Special Services at McGuffey School District

Thanks to this program I was able to reserve a spot with the funds you provided. God has been so good in putting me in this program and he has provided in many ways through SWTS. I hope that the Southwest Training Program can continue to touch lives as it has mine.

Robin Hannen

Southwest Training Services has been a longstanding educational partner with Washington School District. They provide invaluable interpersonal and career ready training skills for our students. The opportunities awarded Washington School District students through Southwest Training are not only life preparing but life changing. Southwest Training supports our students in the first steps of their future journey to post-secondary options. We are grateful for their caring, comprehensive and constructive services.

Dr. Roberta DiLorenzo, Superintendent, Washington School District

The Southwest Training Work Experience program has been an outstanding opportunity for me to gain knowledge of different work environments as well as working with many different people. Through the past three years I have gained social skills, communication skills and an understanding of many important aspects of the workforce.

Angelica Pantojas

Southwest Training has helped so many of students with career exploration, summer work, internships, help getting their GED and so much more! They go above and beyond to help every student they possibly can. If it wasn’t for their help, most of these students would not be on the path to success that they are on now.

Mrs. Kelsey Tate, M.Ed., N.C.C., School Counselor - Waynesburg Central High School

Southwest Training Services has helped me a great deal with college and career choices. It was a benefit to me in finding the importance of responsibility and hard work. Being in the program has helped me get ahead and make smart decisions. It is a privilege to be a part of the program.

Knickeya Kelly

I have been thrilled to partner with Southwest Training Services, Inc. on numerous projects; for two summers our Teen Outreach has received student workers during the summer. The experience was a delightful one; not only did the teens receive expert preparation from Southwest Training Services, but they were monitored throughout their time with us and supported in the development of their work ethic. The benefits to our agency were obvious – we were given quality employees who added to our mission. The benefits to the young people were equally powerful – they were able to be part of our professional staff and were given insight into the real world of work.

Mary Jo Podgurski, RNC, MA, EdD(c)President, Academy for Adolescent Health, Inc., and Director, The Washington Hospital Teen Outreach

Southwest Training Services, Inc. has had a large impact with all of my accomplishments throughout high school. With Southwest Training Services’ assistance, I have had a summer job for four years. They also gave me the opportunity to speak at a Drug Awareness breakfast that gave youth the chance to inform adults of healthy and unhealthy decisions that young people make. Southwest Training Services also assisted me in winning a scholarship to Penn State University for the ‘Women in Engineering Program.’ Without them, I would have missed out on these opportunities. Thank you Southwest Training Services, Inc. for all that you have done for me as well as the youth in our community.

Chelsea Evans

Southwest Training has been such a positive program and support for our students at Bentworth High School! They have provided job shadowing opportunities, visitation of programs, summer employment and have been there encouraging young people to take a serious approach to planning their futures. Teens have the chance to implement a realist support system within their community as well as set short and long term goals for career planning. As a guidance counselor, Southwest has been a valuable tool that models, mentors, and takes an active role in successful transition to life after BHS.

Barbara S. DowningGuidance Counselor, Bentworth High School

The Youth Program staff at Southwest Training Career Link is on the cutting edge of today’s workforce needs, college and career readiness, and personal growth. The workplace skills, experiences, and knowledge that their services foster in our youth, are impacting and far reaching. Always evolving, adapting and insisting on upholding the values of a strong community, the Career Link Youth Programs are a tremendous support to our students and assist us in helping our young people to reach their potential as students and as future citizens.

Marie D. Montecalvo, School Counselor, Washington High School

“As director of a Waynesburg area Summer Day Camp, through the Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach, I have hired Southwest Training youth to serve as our Jr. Camp Counselors for the past 3 years. I love that local teens get the opportunity to give back to their own communities in this capacity, while earning invaluable job experience and wages. This program also helps us to manage the costs of providing a free, 6-week summer camp, by paying the wages of the youth we employ!”

Ashley Beaman, Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach, Director