At Southwest Training Services, Inc., we strive to provide prompt and courteous service at all times. If you are currently unemployed or are anticipating being laid off, please call or stop by to find out how we can help you.

We offer:

  • academic testing and remediation
  • high school equivalency (GED) classes
  • support services
  • Individual Training Account (ITA) grants to help qualified individuals obtain the education and skills needed for high priority occupations in the Southwest Corner.
    (Also other areas across the state are included. Search for the correct workforce area at the bottom of the document)
  • proctored certification exams
  • paid on-the-job training
  • job development and placement services
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    • Southwest Training now offers the Prove It! assessment system. This is an Internet-based skills assessment program that provides hundreds of tests for clerical, software, industrial, healthcare, financial and technical job classifications. In addition, Prove It! also offer training tutorials for Microsoft Office titles. The purpose of Prove It! is to identify skills that an individual currently has. It is also available to identify any possible training needs. Training may involve Prove It! tutorials, college, or vocational programs. Some of the learning tutorials include Access, Excel, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office XP, Outlook, PowerPoint, Windows, Word, Peachtree, and QuickBooks. For a complete list of available assessments, visit For more information call our main office at 724-229-1350 x 292 and ask for Aimee.
    • The National Retail Federation’s Professional Certification in Customer Service is based on the knowledge and skills used in entry-level to first-line supervisory positions in retail and service industries. The training program can can be completed in less than one month. Eligible youth participants (ages 17-21) can earn up to $250 for participating. [More information: flyer for youth;link to NRF’s website]

Southwest Training Services, Inc. is also a certified testing center for CASTLE Worldwide, Inc. (, a certification and licensure testing company offering Internet-based and paper-and-pencil testing in an on demand and/or scheduled testing environment in 500 cities and 70 countries.


BARRY LILLEY worked in the coal mining industry for 24 years until Dilworth Mine closed in November 2002. He took advantage of the training opportunities available for dislocated coal miners, choosing to attend the building inspection program at California University of Pennsylvania at Southpointe. When he completed the program, he applied for a position with Home Depot and was hired on the spot because of his degree and his state certifications in several residential and commercial building inspection fields. He helped to put the new store together in Uniontown and has distinguished himself as an excellent employee. He was the first employee to receive a “customer service merit award” in the Uniontown Home Depot and has received two more awards since then. He receives excellent benefits, great pay and incentives.

NANETTE “RENEE” MCDOWELL is a true inspiration to all who know her. She began working in retail at age 16 and achieved her dream of going to college. In college, she worked forty hours a week and went to school fulltime. “It took me a little longer to graduate,” she explains, “but it was a big accomplishment.” After she graduated, Ms. McDowell continued to work in retail and got married. Life was good. Then the unexpected happened. Ms. McDowell’s husband lost his job with the railroad due to a mass layoff. And shortly after the tragedy of 9/11, Ms. McDowell was laid off from her retail job, too. She heard about services for dislocated workers at CareerLink so she metwith a counselor to discuss her situation. She was referred for training at Penn Commercial’s PC Power Program — an accelerated computer program. Ms. McDowell distinguished herself as a motivated, competent individual with a great attitude. Upon completing the program, she was offered a teaching position in the same school. Again, she distinguished herself and was chosen as “Teacher of the Quarter” by her students. This earned her a gift certificate from the school, a prime parking space, and a plaque with her name that hangs proudly in the entry way –the result of a lot of hard work, persistence and positive attitude. Recently, Ms. McDowell was honored yet again — she was awarded the Governor’s Achievement Award for Dislocated Worker Program Participant of the Year.

JEAN WESSEL, an experienced administrator, was laid off from her job due to downsizing. Eager to get back to work, she went to the Washington County CareerLink office to brush up on her reemployment skills through Southwest Training Services, Inc (SWTS). SWTS assessed her vocational aptitudes and skills, provided case management services, including the development of an employment plan, and identified an employer who was impressed with her qualifications. Ms. Wessel is working as a full-time administrative assistant, and has even better benefits than before she was laid off. “I was pleasantly surprised at the quick response in getting job interviews,” Ms. Wessel says. “I would recommend Southwest Training to anyone and everyone seeking employment.”

Jean Wessel

I have had a excellent experience from Southwest Training. The team helped me find a suitable job with my background/experience. Southwest Training has a great networking system working with local employers to find/place employment. I refer people over all the time and share my story. Southwest Training is truly there for the public in helping individuals find/train for employment. My only wish is more people would take advantage of the services offered. Thank You.

Beth Heasley