Exton (August 6, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently joined Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry Jerry Oleksiak during a visit to Pa. Career Link Chester County to discuss efforts to connect local workers with new jobs.

Dinniman, Secretary Oleksiak, and Pat Bokovitz, Director of the Chester County Department of Community Development, heard how officials from Powerback Rehabilitation are hiring local residents to fill jobs at its new state-of-the-art post-hospital rehabilitation facility in Exton.

Pictured (from left to right) Secretary Oleksiak, Fran Pierce of the Chester County Workforce Development Board, Senator Dinniman, and Claudia Hellebush, President and CEO of the United Way of Chester County

They also listened to success stories from residents who have helped both find new career paths and further their careers thanks to CareerLink’s services.

Bokovitz highlighted the importance of CareerLink even as Pennsylvania makes great strides in reducing unemployment.

“With lower unemployment sometimes there’s a misunderstanding of the need for workforce development and career programs,” he said. “But it’s not just about finding a job, sometimes it’s about finding a better job.”

Oleksiak mentioned the success of the PASmart initiative, a new workforce development initiative that helps connect Pennsylvanians with resources for working and training in the Commonwealth. He also discussed the growing success of apprenticeship programs in the biomedical, cybersecurity and information technology industries.

“CareerLink is a win-win for both employers and employees,” he said. “And it’s important for us and for leaders in Harrisburg to remember that.”

Dinniman said it was vital that employees retain career flexibility in the changing economic climate.

“Everyone deserves a chance to succeed. In an economy where industries are changing, all of us are going to have to be ready to be trained and retrained for new careers,” he said.


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