Monday, October 31, 2016


Nancy Dischinat, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

I recently read a blog that I just had to share. The United States has hired more than 154,000 permanent and temporary employees with disabilities. As some of you may know October is not only Breast Cancer Awareness month but it is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

    The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. 
Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.  

To learn more please visit the US Department of Labor website.

If you know a job seeker or a company that is hiring please contact my office.
NANCY DISCHINATExecutive Director
610-841-1122  Fax: 610-437-3527

Friday, October 28, 2016

Need a toolkit?

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.
One of the many national organizations that the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board uses as a workforce resources is the National Skills Coalition. National Skills Coalition (NSC) is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper.

National Skills Coalition was founded in 1998 as The Workforce Alliance in response to a series of federal policies that signaled the end of national investments in the skills of America’s workers at a time when skill gaps were growing in key U.S. industries.

More than 3,200 members, representing more than 1,400 organizations in over 25 states, comprise the broad-based membership of National Skills Coalition.

NSC just releases toolkits to advance a skills equity agenda!

NSC has created a series of toolkits to help states develop a range of policies designed to help states bridge their skills gap, help people train for in-demand occupations, and help businesses find the skilled workers they need to succeed.
The toolkits are part of NSC’s skills equity agenda – an effort to advance state policies that expand access to middle-skill training through policies on job-driven financial aid, SNAP E&T, stackable credentials, alignment, integrated education and training, and TANF E&T.

NCS also has state specific information that is not only informative but also serves as advocacy for programs specific to our region.  For more information on Industry Partnership please visit the PA site on the NSC website: Help Support Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What is the top occupation in demand in LV?

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

What is the top occupation in demand and top targeted industry here in the Lehigh Valley?
Healthcare and more specifically registered nurses are in demand.  It is no surprise since the Lehigh Valley has some of the best hospitals in the country. I quickly explore the demand here in the Lehigh Valley with the demand nationally.  Here is your September 2016 Lehigh Valley SnapShot.

If registered nurses are one of the highest occutpations in demand, it could make you wonder who employs the registered nurses?  Here is an example of RN employment setting nationally. 63% are employed by hospitals.
The United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics offer these stats on registered nurses.  The percentage of growth is 16% which according to them is growing faster than all other occupations. 

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives. Cited from website-

Are you interested in hearing more about another industry sector or occupation in demand?  Email me your suggestions to me at

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

We Are? .....WORK FORCE!

Most Penn Staters would have answered the question...WE ARE? with....PENN STATE!! 
And although I enjoyed my time in Happy Valley and the Creamery Ice Cream is delicious, I was not there for football. I was at Penn State to attend the 2016 PA Workforce Development Symposium.

The PA Workforce Development Association (PWDA) serves as the voice of the Pennsylvania workforce development system and a clearinghouse for workforce development information statewide. PWDA develops and provides professional training to local workforce development boards while continuing proactive advocacy efforts on behalf of the workforce development system.

I traveled to Center County with our collaborative partner The Chamber. Michelle Griffin Young, EVP of Government and External Affairs and I presented an open discussion about "Employer Engagement: Being Strategic"

Engaging employers is an important strategy for all local workforce development boards to align training and programs with employer needs.  The public workforce system has sought to engage employers for several decades, and WIOA strongly emphasizes the importance of partnering with employers.  Despite this push for workforce organizations to be more responsive to the industries that might hire program graduates, workforce systems and organizations often struggle with how to effectively engage employers and build deeper partnerships.  We represented the state largest regional Chamber and a highly-engaged local board with an active employer community to offer some practical strategies that will help you develop long-term, deep relationships with your employers through a well-developed strategy.

This two day conference was bursting with various state and regional experts sharing their best practices to improve our Pennsylvania workforce.
Many topics were discussed but some of the highlights were: 

  • Apprenticeship:  Models in Practice

Successful apprenticeship programs are aligned with sector strategies, industry partnerships and other investments to meet the needs of the business community

  • Industry Partnership Roundtable 

Local board staff, intermediaries, partners and members of the state’s industry partner‐ ships will convene to discuss emerging issues involving Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture and Connecting to Apprenticeship Work

  • JOBS1st Economic Development Best Practices

WIOA explicitly recognizes the need for the coordination of economic development and workforce programs. The commonwealth’s 10   established regions have developed their first regional WIOA plans and have worked together under the JOBS1st grants.

If you are interested in attending this conference next year please please contact my office.
Phone 610-841-1122  Fax: 610-437-3527 Email: or visit the PDWA website

Some photos from our presentation.