New CareerLink Center Opens in Lycoming County, Penn.

Pennsylvania officials working hard to help unemployed.

by / May 13, 2002
Labor and Industry Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, Tim Bittle, officially opened the new Lycoming County Team Pennsylvania CareerLink Center in Williamsport.

The CareerLink office offers a wealth of information including labor-market data; state and federal job banks; government services; veterans' employment services; and education and training programs.

Job seekers can use CareerLink to search for jobs, post resumes, access training opportunities and research the job market. Employers can use the service to place job orders, access resumes, screen and test applicants, and receive technical assistance.

In November 2001, the CareerLink Web site reached a milestone -- its one billionth hit. Nearly a quarter of these hits are in the evening and on weekends when traditional government services are unavailable.

"CareerLink seamlessly delivers services to bring together job seekers, employers, training providers and other key public- and private-sector partners," Bittle said. "Using cutting-edge Internet technology, we now are redefining customer service, expanding customer choice and making government truly responsive to the people who foot the bill."

Bittle also spoke about Gov. Schweiker's plan to boost workforce development, and the role Pennsylvania's system of CareerLink Centers will play.

"Gov. Schweiker's bold plan to improve and enhance workforce development in Pennsylvania includes an emphasis on the use of the Team Pennsylvania CareerLink system," Bittle said. "With resources such as CareerLink in place, we are prepared to meet the challenges of current economic conditions. CareerLink is helping to keep Pennsylvanians working, and helping to match those seeking work with jobs."

CareerLink is improving the way that state career-assistance services are accessed, and Gov. Schweiker also has taken major steps to transform workforce development in Pennsylvania.

Less than a week after taking the oath of office, Gov. Schweiker appointed a single point of contact in his office to identify and coordinate activities to enhance Pennsylvania's workforce-development efforts.
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