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

Youth Career Summit - January 30, 2018

Health Careers Expo - March 27, 2018 


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 Lancaster residents of the SkillUp program for six months. This program has a catalog of over 4,500 courses that includes project management, human resources, banking, retail, hospitality, communication skills and much more.

SkillUp Lancaster is available to any Lancaster County resident looking to update skills. Users need access to the internet, a valid email address, basic computer knowledge, and login access to the program. Ready to update your skills? Click here to register:

Connect with the PA CareerLink® Lancaster County, a proud partner of the American Job Center network,for job postings and additional workforce services.

"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..


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 

18th Annual Workforce Summit

on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 22:18.

Today, 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, 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.


PA Chamber Workforce Survey - 11/18/16

on Friday, 18 November 2016 19:42.

76% of the 425+ employers surveyed across Pennsylvania ranked the readiness of the current labor force to meet the needs of employers as fair (50%) or poor (26%).  The biggest frustrations employers have with job seekers:

  • Poor work ethic
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of interpersonal skills
  • Lack of interview etiquette
  • Lack of phone etiquette
  • Inability to communicate confidently and maturely

If you need help with job seeking, please contact the Pennsylvania CareerLink of Lancaster County.

Today, employers are looking for:

  • Logical thinking/problem solving
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Basic math and writing
  • Academic degrees/certifications

The workforce skills needed in the next ten years are:

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Verbal/written communication
  • Project management
  • Trades and related skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Business skills

This research was conducted by Susquehanna Polling & Research.


The Silver Tsunami

on Monday, 29 August 2016 20:02.

The baby boomer generation is hitting retirement age, and companies must prepare for what could be a major exodus, or some call it the "silver tsunami."

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as many as one out of ten workers will retire either this year or the next. It is projected that by the year 2020, about 25% of the U.S. workforce will be composed of older workers (ages 55 and over).


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