Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Job Gateway: BEST


Guest Blogger: Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director of Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board explaining the benefits of Job Gateway for employers.

Looking for Job Candidates?  Try JobGateway®!

Hiring good employees is time consuming and expensive!

Do you know that a terrific resource is available through PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley to assist you with your hiring process? 

CareerLink’s JobGateway® (www.jobgateway.pa.gov) is a no-charge online tool that helps connect employers and job seekers as follows:

·         Manage your business profile
·         Create, upload  and manage job postings
·         Customized candidate searches and screening
·         Access to thousands of  job candidates
·         Email alerts on new candidates
·         Source, match, and track job candidates
·         Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

·         Immediate staff assistance available

In addition, you can sign up for Job Fairs, Unemployment Compensation, Human Resource, Labor Market  and other workshops, join established Industry Partnerships, access our Business Engagement Services Team, training and tax credit resources, labor market data and intelligence, links to resources for tax credits, on-the- job training, and on-demand customized workforce services.

The site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information  please  contact the Business Engagement Services Team (BEST) at
610-437-5627 ext. 136 or BEST@careerlinklv.org to  assist you with and job postings, candidate prescreening , assessment and referrals. 

All services are personalized.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Building 21 Allentown

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, offers her perspective on Building 21 Allentown.

High schools in the US are experiencing disengagement, flat test scores, and high rates of drop-outs. The graduation rate in 2012 for Allentown School District (ASD) high schools was 66%. Only half of the graduates achieved college level math and reading. In response to these trends, the ASD will open its 3rd high school at 265 Lehigh Street, in partnership with Building 21, a non-profit school designer/operator that employs an innovative model of experiential/ personalized learning. Building 21 Allentown will open September 2015 with 150 9th graders, and will grow to 600 9-12 students by 2018. Residents of the district are eligible to apply. Selection is determined through a non-criteria based lottery. Relationships are the foundation of Building 21. Every student will be known and participate in a daily advisory program. Teaching and learning at Building 21 is Passion driven, applied and technology driven. Students will have a say in what and how they learn. They are encouraged to explore and discover their unique passions and learn by solving real-world problems through a project-based instructional model in real-world settings with deep local businesses and community partnerships. Every student receives a laptop computer, and a robust “Learning GPS” system tracks progress across multiple subjects and learning locations in real-time. Building 21 Allentown will have the potential to transform how our high school students learn, how they connect with the community around them, and what path they end up on after graduation. ASD, Building 21 and community leaders are raising the $3.6 million required to launch the school. For more information on Building 21 Allentown contact sjzondag@gmail.com.  For more information on the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board please contact ndischinat@lvwib.org.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Guest Blog- Mentors

Many successful people have had mentors. Oprah Winfrey had a teacher who believed in her. Mike Wallace had a family friend who reminded him often of his worth. Gloria Estefan looked up to her grandmother who paved the way for a life of possibility (President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2009). Chances are you have had a mentor too. Merriam-Webster defines a mentor as: “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person” (2015). Having a mentor can play a vital role in an individual’s success. Contrastingly, not having a mentor or positive adult role model can substantially hinder a young person’s ability to achieve their full potential.

President Obama has acknowledged this by creating the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative which urges communities to take part in improving the lives of at-risk youth (2014). Although this is a new initiative, it is not a new concept. In fact, Tabor’s Children’s Services got its start from community outreach. In 1907, members of the community in Germantown, Philadelphia noticed many children spent their days in the streets. These community members got together and provided these children with an education. Later, Tabor opened a home for orphan children in Bucks County. Over 100 years have passed and Tabor continues to support children and their families with a variety of services.

Tabor Mentoring Program is currently expanding to support youth in Lehigh County. Much like “My Brother’s Keeper,” this program is looking to community members, churches, and corporations to provide mentoring to our youth. Wouldn’t you like to have a hand in creating tomorrow’s leaders?

Working Out at Work

Kathleen Fortier, DPT, MBA

Even if you have a desk job, this doesn’t mean your workout needs to wait until the end of the day at the gym.

Sitting all day can affect both your mental and physical health, even if you follow a regular exercise routine. Prolonged sedentary behavior puts people at greater risk of back pain, headaches, obesity, heart disease, kidney disease and even cancer.

Brief activity throughout the day can help improve your health without causing you to break a sweat. It can also ease the brain fog that can occur after your morning coffee wears off. You can work with fellow employees to make office exercise a priority; mark activity down in a daily agenda so it becomes part of the regular routine.

Below are some tips on what you can do as an individual and as an office to keep active throughout the day:

  • Stretch before you sit down at your desk, on your lunch break or whenever you can. Work the muscles that are most relaxed throughout the day—especially your legs and back.
  • Stand for your meetings. There’s no rule that everyone needs to sit at meetings. Start with some fun music and stretch out with your co-workers before getting down to business.  Some offices even have standing meetings in which a medicine ball is passed around. The energy shared in the room can extend attention span and lead to more productive dialog – as well as shorten those long-winded speeches!
  • Stand at your desk or during phone calls. If you’re lucky, you might be able to do this with ease by having an adjustable desk to raise your computer to waist height. If you are in an environment where using a speaker phone is acceptable, take every advantage of this and pace while you listen and talk. Wireless headsets are now more affordable than ever and can make this a realistic option.
  • Bring your own gym. This doesn’t mean you need a full set of barbells. You can bring ankle or strap-weights to work and get short-range exercises in while you read reports or listen in on conference calls. Spring hand-grips can fit in your drawer and be used whenever you have the chance. Do a few squats and/or bicep curls in between calls or tasks.
  • Walk it off. Don’t be afraid to park farther away and enjoy the fresh air and a short walk to the front door. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. 
  • Log your exercise. Carry a pedometer and count your daily steps. Post a chart on your bulletin board for logging your activity.
  • Help from your friends. Getting office mates involved and creating a friendly competition can benefit everyone. A weekly or monthly prize for winners can create extra incentive.

If you develop back pain, headaches or other conditions despite your best efforts to be active at work, a physical therapist can help you overcome the pain. Contact Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network to request an appointment.