State cuts could lead to less full-time CareerLink Centers
"Workforce took a pretty good hit this year," Susie Snelick, workforce investment director, said during Wednesday's North Central Executive Board meeting. The last two years workforce investment had gotten by with the help of stimulus money. This year that money is gone and there is $1 million less money to be spent in that area.
The Workforce Investment Board has focused on getting dollars on the street in the form of training.
The board works to put 25 to 30 percent of its dollars into training. It's not a mandate, but an internal goal.
Snelick said the board will use the money from the sale of the equipment from the former Industrial Technical Education Center, Rapid Response dollars and the National Emergency Grant to stay as close as possible to using 25 percent of its dollars for training.
There are seven CareerLink's in the six North Central counties, which includes Cameron, Elk, Clearfield, Jefferson, Potter and McKean counties. Clearfield County has a CareerLink in both DuBois and Clearfield.
To sustain the operation of the CareerLinks and still serve the population that is scattered throughout the large geographic region, the WIB is considering having just three comprehensive CareerLink centers. These three centers would have all of the CareerLink services available daily.
The locations of the centers haven't been determined for sure, but could possibly be in St. Marys, DuBois and Bradford so they could be accessible to people in different areas of the region. More...