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SkillUp Lancaster

on Friday, 28 April 2017 14:06.

Lancaster County residents who want free access to online learning courses will soon have the opportunity through SkillUp Lancaster, an initiative sponsored by the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, the Lancaster Chamber, Community Action Partnership and NY Wired for Education.

Beginning Monday, May 1, any Lancaster County resident can join the Metrix Learning System which provides online courses that teach skills employers are seeking. 

The initiative provides a free license to users of the SkillUp program for six months. This program has a catalog of over 4,500 courses that includes IT hardware and software, as well as project management, human resources, banking, retail, hospitality, and communication skills.

"The Metrix Learning system can be used by Lancaster County residents who are looking to learn new skills and earn certificates that will prepare them for certifications and the workforce," said Cathy Rychalsky, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board. "This web-based program is available around the clock to anyone with high-speed internet access. People can work at their own pace, through a variety of courses that teach both technical and essential/soft skills. Anyone interested in participating in this opportunity can walk into their local library or other community-based organization and request access."She added, "This offer is only available for a limited time, so county residents looking to upgrade their current skills or learn new ones to improve their employment opportunities are encouraged to sign up today. Local employers wanting their employees to access the training may request a license through the Lancaster Chamber.”

Tom Baldrige, President of the Lancaster Chamber, said, “SkillUp Lancaster aligns with our new business model of access to all, and we’re thrilled to participate in it. This initiative will allow for a collective process in addressing Lancaster County’s workforce needs. Through the SkillUp platform, the Lancaster Chamber will launch an employer survey to determine the hiring and training needs of the local business community, and this, in turn, enables us to work to address those needs through on-line training and other methods.”

Participants receive digital badges or certificates as they complete each training session and can link directly to to search current local job openings.

Dan Jurman is excited to launch SkillUp Lancaster at the Community Action Partnership. “Using technology to eliminate time, transportation and childcare barriers is exactly the kind of innovation we need if we're going to reduce poverty in Lancaster County and empower people to find meaningful work that pays enough to support a family.”

"We are excited to work with Lancaster County Workforce Development Board and their partners in this nationally innovative workforce solution," said Brian Lee, CEO of NY Wired for Education. "This will assist both employers and job-seekers, and will potentially address issues of poverty in Lancaster County."

For more information about the "SkillUp Lancaster" initiative or the Metrix Learning System, call (717) 735-0333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 18:36.

On April 28, there will be a Veterans Hiring Fair at the Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave, Building 37, Lebanon, PA.  Onsite interviews will be conducted.

The Veterans Hiring Fair is from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and is for VETERANS ONLY.  The participating employers include:  Bell and Evans, Butler/Bluescope, Cinteot Inc., Commuter Services, Country Meadows Retirement Communtiy, Dawn Food Products, Inc., DHL, Dieffenbach's Potato Chips, GAF, Hershey Medical Center, Macys, Pennsylvania State Police, Securitas USA, Seneca Foods Corp., Schott North America, Inc., Sherwin-Wlliams, Speedway, Supreme Corp., United CoolAir Corp., and WellSpan Health.


Spring 2017 Job Fair

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 17:56.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Spring 2017 Job Fair, the largest in Lancaster County with over 80 employers in attendance. 

  • When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Where: 313 W. Liberty Street, Lancaster, PA  17603 

For those who missed it, we look forward to seeing you at the Fall 2017 Job Fair in Septemeber!

Job fairs are a free resource. There is no charge to attend and meet employers who are hiring!  Participating in a collective gathering improves your chance of landing the job you truly desire. 

For more information, contact PA CareerLink® of Lancaster County at (717) 509-5613 or

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Well-Being Index

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 17:36.

Published in March 2017, the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, examines well-being across the nation. With 189 communities ranked based on their Well-Being Index score, the report analyzes how well-being varies by community, as well as who leads and lags across the five elements of well-being—purpose, social, financial, community and physical. 

Lancaster County is in the top 30 (ranked 28th) of America's healthiest and happiest places, according to a new ranking, and it is ranked number one in Pennsylvania. Learn more.


A Workforce Crisis is Looming!

on Thursday, 02 March 2017 18:55.

Central Pennsylvania business experts report that a tsunami of job opportunities is hitting area. To take advantage of the high-paying jobs, job seekers need the necessary skills.  To learn more, read Bruce E. Mowday's article for Business2Business magazine dated March 1, 2017.  


Youth Career Summit

on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 16:12.

The 13th Annual Youth Career Summit was held at the Eden Resort & Suites on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  This event is sponsored by The Youth Council of Lancaster County Workforce Development Board.  This year's theme was Engaging a Millennial Workforce.

Hope Schmids, Millersville University, was recognized for her contribution to the Youth Council of Lancaster County.

The panel discussion was facilitated by Benjamin Stiles, Ed.D., Lancaster County Career and Technology Center.  The discussion centered on Engaging Tomorrow's Workforce: A Millennial Panel Discussion and included:

  • Grayce Langheine - Organizational Development Manager, Turkey Hill Dairy
  • Danielle Krebs - Marketing Coordinator, Demme Learning
  • Timothy Purcell, Jr. - Staffing Specialist, The Performance Group
  • Mandy Smith - Human Resources Generalist, Tel Hai Retirement Community
  • Hunter Mengel - Student, Millersville University 

17th Annual Workforce Summit

on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 22:18.

Today, the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board held its 17th Annual Workforce Summit at the Eden Resort Inn.   Robert I. Rhoads, Jr., chair of the Workforce Development Board, honored Jill Sebest Welch, Barley Snyder LLC, for outstanding service as immediate past chair of the board.

In addition, the following were recognized as Friends of Workforce:

  • Contribution to the Mission Award to Dr. Gerald Huesken, superintendent of the Conestoga Valley School District;
  • Building Bridges in our Community Award to the Clipper Stadium for its support of work experience programs for youth;
  • Expanding our Horizons Award to the Arconic Foundation for providing funding for identification and short-term training for people facing barriers to employment. 

The keynote speaker was Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Cathy Rychalsky, executive director of the Workforce Development Board, provided an overview of the current state of the Lancaster County workforce. Matthew Sanger and John Robbins of ELANCO presented on the challenges, partnerships, and success of work-based opportunities.

We would like to thank our sponsors and all who participated in this event.  We hope to see you next year at the 18th Annual Lancaster County Workforce Development Board Summit.

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.


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Job Skills and STEM

STEM skills, particularly those associated with high levels of educational attainment, are in high demand among employers.

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WIB Overview

Founded in 1999 as the successor organization to the Lancaster County Private Industry Council, the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board has a mandate through the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to be the lead organization in Lancaster County for workforce planning, to cooperate with State officials in providing business with locally-validated labor market information, and to arrange for a service delivery system that meets the workforce needs of business and the public alike.