Job Seeker Services

PA CareerLink® Lancaster County, a proud partner of the American Job Center network, has services available to help ALL job seekers, not just the unemployed, obtain family-sustaining employment.

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Save the Date!

FREE Workshops:    January
They are open to all and include evenings

Youth Career Summit - January 30, 2018

Health Careers Expo - March 27, 2018 


2018 Youth Career Summit

on Thursday, 21 December 2017 22:18.

This event brings educators, counselors, non-profit organizations, business and community leaders together for a morning of networking, resource sharing and updated local labor market information. Registration is required.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The Youth Career Summit will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast followed by a review of Youth Council-sponsored activities.

Building Business - Education Partnerships to Enhance College & Career Readiness Initiatives is a collaborative effort presented by the Youth Council of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board.


18th Annual Workforce Summit

on Monday, 11 December 2017 15:40.

December 12, the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board held its 18th Annual Workforce Summit at the Eden Resort Inn. Cathy Rychalsky, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, presented the State of the Workforce

Robert I. Rhoads, Jr., chair of the Workforce Development Board, said, "Neither the workforce board staff nor the PA CareerLink® Lancaster County  staff on their own is able to build a strong yet flexible workforce. We rely on partnerships and collaborations with community-based organizations, educational institutions and employers. One purpose of this morning’s meeting is to recognize those individuals or organizations for the contributions they have made to improving opportunities in the workforce arena this year. Let us begin our presentation of the Friends of Workforce Awards."  Read more here.

Cathy Rychalsky and Robert I. Rhoads, Jr. recognized Friends of the Workforce:

This year, Scott Fiore, Vice President and Partner for TriStarr Staffing, served as moderator for a panel discussion on ways to upskill your current workforce.  The panelists included:

  • Kathleen Prime-Sposito, currently the Chief Learning and Talent Development Office for the High Companies 
  • Eric Ramsay, Director of Apprenticeship and Training with the Commonwealth of PA
  • Victor Rodgers, Associate Provots for Workforce Development at Harrisburg Area Community College
  • G. David Sload, President-CEO of the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors

We would like to thank our sponsors, exhibitors and all who participated in this event.  We hope to see you next year at the 19th Annual Lancaster County Workforce Development Board Summit.


Current Issues Facing Career & Technical Education

on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 11:42.

On October 10, 2017, Ryan P. Aument, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate Education Subcommittee on Career & Technical Education, held a hearing on Current Issues Facing Career and Technical Education at the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center, Mt. Joy. The following testified:

Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators
Jackie Cullen, Executive Director

Pennsylvania State Education Association
Brian Pegg, Vice-President of Department of Career and Technical Studies

Lancaster County Workforce Development Board
Cathy Rychalsky, Executive Director

High Companies
Kathy Prime, Chief Learning and Talent Development Officer
To learn more, click here.

SkillUp Lancaster - Penn Manor

on Friday, 06 October 2017 08:39.

All Penn Manor freshmen will complete online courses toward earning a Comet Credential, a certificate indicating they have completed training on a series of essential interpersonal skills and practices to help them succeed in life.  This is the first program of its kind targeting an entire high school class – more than 400 students – in Pennsylvania. Students will complete the courses in addition to their regular academic work.

The Comet Credential program is a collaborative effort involving local business representatives, the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board and PA CareerLink® of Lancaster County, a partner of the American Job Center network.  This new initiative is designed to help student develop the “soft skills” employers say are needed to succeed in the modern workforce. The courses include such topics as “Time Management: Quit Making Excuses and Make Time Instead,” “Making and Carrying Out Tough Decisions,” “Communication Methods that Make Sense – and Make Your Point” and “Difficult People: Strategies to Keep Everyone Working Together.” The training won’t just help students who intend to join the workforce after graduation, but will give all students the tools to more successfully navigate their four years of high school and transition to college, training or a job.

Penn Manor is participating in the SkillUp Lancaster initiative. SkillUp Lancaster is designed to help all Lancaster County residents update their skills for better job opportunities at no cost. Click here to learn more about the Penn Manor project, or learn more from press coverage by Lancaster Online.


Business-Education Partnership Opportunities

on Monday, 05 June 2017 14:28.

Are you 24 years of age or younger and want help starting a family-sustaining, in-demand career? Need training?

Take advantage of our expanding business-education partnership!  Learn more here.


Soft Skills for Employment Success

on Monday, 05 June 2017 13:48.

Communication, teamwork, punctuality and critical thinking are soft skills that are in high demand with employers.  The PA CareerLink® Lancaster County, a proud partner of the American Job Center network, provides free or low-cost training for the soft skills employers want.  

  • SkillUp Lancaster, the Metrix Online training program (free to the public), offers soft skill training courses. Here is the link for the course catalog for Personal and Workplace skills (courses listed under Basic Skills): Register and start here!
  • At the PA CareerLink® Lancaster County, four interactive soft skill workshops are offered to the public at no cost. Through the use of fun, interactive games and activities, these workshops help participants identify and understand each essential skill. The workshops offered are Communication in the Workplace, Dealing with Change in the Workplace, Problem Solving Skills, and Teamwork in the Workplace.  The workshops are held on a rotating basis every Thursday.  A condensed workshop addressing all the skills is offered in the Wednesday evening rotation.  
  • Conover Online, held in conjunction with the Workkeys Test for the Ready2Work program, offers testing in attitude, communication, planning and organization, critical thinking, interpersonal/social skills, teamwork, professionalism, and media rules. a 70% proficiency in each area is required to pass.

The Current Labor Market

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 13:48.

Currently, the labor market is very tight.  Like Lancaster County, many states have unemployment rates below 4%. Fortunately, communities are responding to emerging workforce challenges.  Learn more.


Spotlight - One Good Job

The Mayor's Commission to Combat Poverty

This plan is a blue print and a series of first steps to cut poverty in half in Lancaster County by 2032.  A pathway to success for an entire community requires the development of both workforce and work environment.  Learn more.

Spotlight - Youth Council


Spotlight - PA Career Guide

This is a valuable resource for students and job seekers alike. The guide is geared to helping individuals prepare for continuing education and/or entering the workforce. Within the guide, the Occupational Data Bank contains employment, wage, and job outlook data for more than 250 occupations.  A brief interest assessment that aligns one’s personality to potential careers is also included to assist those who may be starting a job search or looking to change/advance their career.  

Read the PA Career Guide Here