Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PA Auditor General visit to the Lehigh Valley



Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board (LVWDB)

Recently, the LVWDB and The Chamber hosted Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to discuss workforce and job training in the Lehigh Valley.  The public forum was held at the PA CareerLink Lehigh Valley Center at 555 Union Blvd, Allentown.

We had an impressive turnout to discuss the power of partnerships that workforce and job training organizations experience in the Lehigh Valley as well working together to close workforce gaps for our residents.

Auditor General DePasquale Invites Public to Forum in Allentown on Job Training, Local Workforce Development Efforts
Says targeted job training is essential to keep Lehigh Valley’s economy prosperous
HARRISBURG – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today invited local residents, along with the community, business and education leaders, to join him for a forum with a panel of experts to discuss job training and workforce development in the Lehigh Valley region.  
The forum will be held: Wednesday, April 26 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon in the PPL Room at CareerLink, 555 Union Blvd., Allentown, PA 18109.
The public is encouraged to attend and ask questions.
“Workers need the proper skills to succeed in today’s challenging job market,” DePasquale said. “We have to make sure we are getting workers the skills they need to get good jobs and earn a respectable wage.
“This will be my fourth public meeting to discuss workforce training. I have listened carefully to what people say is needed to help find and keep good jobs. I will use the information as I prepare to audit the effectiveness of state-funded workforce training and job development programs. We want to make sure we know what works, what doesn’t work and what we can improve.”
DePasquale will lead a discussion of panelists which includes educators, the trade unions, advocates for business and industry and the chamber of commerce. The panel is expected to include representatives from:
·         Nancy Dischinat, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board,
·         Michelle Griffin Young, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce,
·         Dr. Thomas Meyer, Lehigh Carbon Community College,
·         Paul Anthony,  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,
·         Lisa Williams, SEIU Health Care, and
·         R. Chad Paul, Ben Franklin Technology Partners.
So far, the auditor general has heard from hundreds of people who participated in public forums held in Beaver, Lancaster, and Luzerne counties this year.

More information about the Department of the Auditor General is available online at: www.PaAuditor.gov.
Check out the Lehigh Valley Coverage:
Morning Call
http://www.mcall.com/business/economy/mc-allentown-auditor-general-job-training-forum-0426-20170426-story.html

Morning Call
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-pictures-auditor-general-visits-allentown-20170426-photogallery.html






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