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3RWIB is regularly featured in newspaper and blog articles, television news, and radio segments.

The most recent contributions are featured below:

Apr 17, 2014Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Obama hopes to replicate CCAC job training efforts across US

In another endorsement of Western Pennsylvania's post-industrial recovery, President Obama on Wednesday called the Community College of Allegheny County “an outstanding model” of job creation worthy of national replication.

Apr 11, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

Local pay scale ‘below market value’

Eight of the region’s 57 largest private companies, three of the 20 largest financial institutions and two of the locally based public companies are currently led by women.
But there is the issue of compensation, and the pay gap between men and women remains daunting. In 2013, women working full-time in the Pittsburgh metro area earned an average salary of $36,861, while their male counterparts were paid $50,771, according to The National Partnership for Women & Families.

Mar 31, 2014US Department of Labor official blog

Promoting Innovation in Skills Development

Finding the right job is closely tied to the education and skills you have. That’s why the Labor Department is so focused on doing everything we can to connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be filled jobs – and to connect employers with skilled workers.

Mar 29, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Teens need to work

In this letter to the Business Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3RWIB CEO Stefani Pashman details the need for more employment opportunities for teens.

Mar 19, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

County exec, mayor’s office outline workforce development goals

The Pittsburgh region has experienced great economic opportunity in recent years, but not every neighborhood has been able to take advantage of that opportunity, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Wednesday

Mar 19, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

Fitzgerald: Companies play key role in future of Pittsburgh International Airport

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said to build Pittsburgh International Airport up to a major hub, it's going to take cooperation from Pittsburgh companies.

Mar 8, 2014Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Minorities crucial to filling Marcellus shale gas drilling jobs

For Jade Morel, the labor landscape in Pennsylvania looks a lot different from what it did when she was growing up near Johnstown.
Morel, 35, had to move to Texas for a job in the drilling industry after she graduated from Penn State in 2001. She's now living in Sewickley with steady work as an engineering manager at Chief Oil & Gas LLC in Wexford.

Mar 4, 2014Fourth Economy

Makers, starters and youngsters - the evolution of Pittsburgh's workforce development

Chrystal Alexander, chairperson of the Workforce Development, Jobs, and Human Capital Subcommittee of the Economic Development Transition Team assembled by Mayor Bill Peduto, details her read on the workforce development opportunities of today and into Pittsburgh’s.

Feb 24, 2014WESA-FM

Youth Employment Focus of Pittsburgh Task Force

A 12-member task force has been assembled by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto with a goal of expanding job opportunities for the city’s high schoolers. Specifically, the group has been tasked with overhauling the Summer Youth Employment Program. Last year the program employed more than 300 residents between the ages of 14 and 21.

Feb 18, 2014Office of Mayor William Peduto

3RWIB CEO tapped to join Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Task Force

Mayor William Peduto announced today the appointment of members to his Summer Youth Employment Opportunities Task Force following the issuance of an executive order last week calling for the program to be overhauled.

Feb 4, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

3RWIB President recognized in Pittsburgh Business Times

Mark Latterner recognized in Pittsburgh Business Times

Feb 3, 2014The White House Blog

Announcing the First White House Maker Faire

Making it in America, an initiative in which 3RWIB is a part, was featured in this blog post by the White House.

Feb 2, 2014Our Region's Business

3RWIB featured on Our Region's Business

Stefani Pashman, 3RWIB CEO, speaks about jobs and the economy on the Feb. 2, 2014, edition of "Our Region's Business."

Jan 31, 2014North Hills Monthly

It's called Pittsburgh Works, but how does it work?

Looking for work? Looking for workers? The newest star in the spotlight of employment in Pittsburgh is appropriately named Pittsburgh Works, a collaboration of community-based and public organizations aimed at simplifying and improving the workforce development system for both employers and employees. Read more about this innovative initiative.

Jan 26, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mark Latterner Announced 3RWIB President

Mark T. Latterner, executive vice president, regional senior credit officer, Citizens Bank's Mid-Atlantic Region, was elected president of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Jan 23, 2014

3RWIB CEO Elected to US Conference of Mayors' Workforce Development Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 23, 2014) — Stefani Pashman, Chief Executive Officer of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, has been elected to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Workforce Development Council. She was elected to the one-year term during the organization’s 82nd annual winter conference in Washington, D.C.

Jan 15, 2014NerdWallet.com

Best Towns for Job Seekers in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s job market is a reflection of the national market: still recovering. Even though Moody’s Analytics ranks it 41st in the nation for expected job growth in 2014, there are bright spots for job seekers. The Marcellus shale drilling industry has buoyed the jobs outlook in the western region of the state and the health care industry employs thousands statewide. NerdWallet crunched the data to find the best cities for job seekers in Pennsylvania.

Jan 13, 2014

Mark T. Latterner to lead 3RWIB

Mark T. Latterner, Executive Vice President, Regional Senior Credit Officer, for Citizens Bank’s Mid-Atlantic Region which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, recently was elected President of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB). He will lead the organization through 2016.

Jan 12, 2014KDKA-TV

KD PG Sunday Edition

3RWIB CEO Stefani Pashman discuss the region's workforce with Stacy Smith and David Shribman during the Jan. 12, 2014, KD PG Sunday Edition.

Dec 26, 2013New Pittsburgh Courier

Highmark workforce development paying off

Two years ago, Highmark launched a $2.4-million workforce development program. During a Dec. 19 press event at New Century Careers on Pittsburgh’s South Side, spokesman Evan Frazier said the company was pleased with the results and is committed to ongoing support.

Dec 19, 2013Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Highmark Local Workforce Initiative opens doors with training programs

David Chalfant decided last year that he'd had enough of working as a stock clerk in a grocery store.
The West Mifflin resident enrolled in October 2012 in a machinist training program known as Manufacturing 2000 at New Century Careers in the South Side.

Dec 18, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Highmark to release workforce-initiative results

Highmark will announce results of a two-year, $2.4 million workforce development project Thursday at a skills training center on the South Side.

Sep 30, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Exclusive: Alcoa launches $1.25 million internship program

On Monday, the Alcoa Foundation presented Catalyst Connection with $125,000 to fund a new workforce development initiative aimed at providing training and internship experience for unemployed youth.

Sep 18, 2013Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Two-year schools help to fill needs of growing natural gas industry

The number of jobs in Marcellus Shale core industries in Pennsylvania, including gas extraction, drilling oil and gas wells and pipeline transportation, increased 149 percent — from 12,188 to 30,369 jobs — between the fourth quarters of 2009 and 2012. And the average wage in core industries was $83,100.

Aug 31, 2013Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Aging workforce may leave manufacturing skills shortage

Western Pennsylvania laborers rank among the best-skilled technical workforces in the country, giving the region a clear upper hand for its manufacturing resurgence.

Jul 26, 2013New Pittsburgh Courier

Citizens Bank president pushed for workforce and industry diversity at Chamber breakfast

Daniel Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of Citizens Bank Pennsylvania, told the audience at African American Chamber of Commerce July Business Breakfast that the bank is committed to building the region’s economy, workforce and diversity.

Jul 17, 2013Pop City Media

Pop City Media announces Quick Train for Jobs

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) has rolled out a new online tool that connects job seekers to free or low-cost training programs designed to prepare people for quick entry into well-paying jobs in health care, energy, and manufacturing. Called Quick Train for Jobs, the site is a clearinghouse for free or low-cost, high-quality, brief training programs with some of the region’s most recognized institutions.

Jul 17, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quick Train for Jobs links people to job training programs

With companies needing skilled workers -- but are not always being willing to pay to train them -- and long-term unemployment remaining a problem in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board has founded a new website to help people find low-cost training programs.

Jul 16, 2013Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Quick Train for Jobs announced in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board has developed a website, www.quicktrainforjobs.com, to connect job seekers to free and low-cost training programs.

Jul 15, 2013NewswireToday.com

3 Rivers WIB launches innovative online tool for job seekers

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) announced today that it has launched “Quick Train for Jobs,” an innovative online tool that connects job seekers to free or low-cost training programs designed to prepare people for quick entry into well-paying jobs in health care, energy, and manufacturing.

Jul 15, 2013

3 Rivers WIB launches innovative online tool for jobseekers

PITTSBURGH (July 15, 2013) — Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) announced today that it has launched “Quick Train for Jobs,” an innovative online tool that connects job seekers to free or low-cost training programs designed to prepare people for quick entry into well-paying jobs in health care, energy, and manufacturing.

Jul 15, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

3RWIB launches new online tool for job seekers

It's no secret that our region has seen a disconnect between the skills job seekers have and the skills employers need to fill jobs.

Jul 12, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

ACA changes create need for new kind of workforce

With the Affordable Care Act expected to increase demand for health care services, demand also is on the rise for the type of skills and knowledge needed to navigate a fast-evolving health care landscape.

Jul 12, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Employment insurance

While there is debate in the country over how much of today’s unemployment is rooted in a skills gap (a recent New York Times editorial called the claim “mostly corporate fiction”), if you talk to people in the Pittsburgh region, many acknowledge there are more open jobs than people with the requisite skills to fill them.

Jul 12, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Manufacturing industry tries to break from dark past

At a recent meeting with stakeholders to discuss workforce development, Scott Hudson, principal manager of social responsibility and community outreach for the Alcoa Foundation, asked if there was one profession in manufacturing that has faced a skills gap that has been filled.

Jul 10, 2013HeraldOnline.com

Gov. Corbett announces PA Talent Hub (PATH) in region

Governor Tom Corbett, along with PA Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway, today announced the creation of a program to take private industry recruitment programs and practices and translate them into public sector workforce development efforts.

Jul 10, 2013The Wall Street Journal

Governor Corbett Announces PA Talent Hub, a Private/Public Partnership to Connect People with Jobs

The Wall Street Journal included a media release about Gov. Corbett's announcement of the PA Talent Hub.

Jul 7, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CCAC Vanguard Diversity Awards announced in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board among the recipients of the fifth annual Vanguard Diversity Award.

Jul 2, 2013GoErie.com

Why high youth unemployment should trouble you

Jobs for teenagers and even young adults are scarce nearly four years after the official end of the Great Recession. It is a trend that has some researchers worried not just about the young people, but also about the health of industries.

Jun 27, 2013The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Working Together With A Common Purpose

3RWIB Youth Policy Council Chair Laura Ellsworth talks about the projects that have given her the most satisfaction.

Jun 13, 2013WESA-FM

In the Pittsburgh Region, Summer Learning Opportunities Abound

For many, summer as a kid conjures images of long rides in the back of the family sedan, co-ed sports at the local YMCA camp or hours spent on the couch watching TV. These kind of summer experiences still exist, but an array of programs around Pittsburgh are opening the eyes and minds of youth of all ages.

May 11, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Business Forum: Employers need to engage our youth

We know the best way to learn to work is by working. However, there is a silent crisis emerging in our region. While our economy continues to strengthen with positive movement in the housing and stock markets, little attention is being given to the decline in meaningful professional experience for our children.

May 1, 2013New Pittsburgh Courier

Workforce Investment Board kicks off career week

While all the mayoral candidates were busy talking about creating jobs, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board was launching its 7th annual Imagine Career Week focused on mentoring, training and inspiring youth to get ready for the estimated 3 million permanent science, technology, engineering mathematics (STEM) careers that will need to be filled in the energy field alone.

Apr 26, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

New skills anticipated as health care evolves

Meet the new health care professionals.
They are comfortable with technology and using data. They are part doctor, part nurse, part home-health aide. They are team players with excellent communication skills.
Call these people community-health workers, and they have gotten the attention of Stefani Pashman, CEO of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board Inc.

Apr 25, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Teenage joblessness can hurt in future

Parents today will be exposing their children to the working world during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, but much more important lessons about employment are learned when those children enter the labor force.

Apr 24, 2013WPGH Fox 53

Fox 53 covers Imagine! Career Week at Pittsburgh TechShop

Fox 53 covers Imagine! Career Week at Pittsburgh TechShop.

Apr 24, 2013KDKA 1020-AM

Imagine! Career Week and Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day

Stefani Pashman, 3RWIB CEO, discusses Imagine! Career Week and Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day with KDKA-AM's Bill Rehkopf.

Apr 23, 2013Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tech careers put in focus at Imagine! Career Week

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board opened its seventh annual event at the science center for the first time, in order to emphasize the importance of job preparation in science, technology, engineering and math — or “STEM,” as some call it.

Apr 22, 2013WESA-FM

Imagine! Career Week Kicks Off, Seeks to Prepare Area Youth for Jobs

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board kicked off its eighth annual Imagine! Career Week Monday morning with 120 employers, educators and community partners seeking to prepare area youth to step into the many jobs now held by people nearing retirement.

Apr 20, 2013Patch.com

Bring Your Child to Work on Thursday

The fourth Thursday of April is Take Your Child To Work Day, and lands on April 25 this year.

This is the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day—as it is officially called. This year's theme is "work in progress." Click here to view a copy of the Congress and Senate resolution dedicating April 25 as Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day.

Apr 20, 2013Pittbsburgh Technology Council

Stefani Pashman and Kevin Perkey discuss Imagine! Career Week on techVIBE radio

Stefani Pashman and Kevin Perkey discuss Imagine! Career Week with Audrey Russo and Charlie Batch on techVIBE radio. Click to listen

Apr 18, 2013Patch.com

7th Annual Imagine! Career Week Announced for April 22-26, 2013

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) has announced plans for its 7th annual Imagine! Career Week, being held from April 22-26, 2013. Sponsored by Citizens Bank Foundation, Imagine! Career Week celebrates the diversity of career opportunities available in the Pittsburgh region and helps students consider a wide range of career fields.

Apr 3, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2013 Imagine! Career Week announced in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board will host the seventh annual Imagine! Career Week April 22-26 to promote a diversity of careers found in the region.

Apr 1, 2013

Three Rivers WIB and Citizens Bank Foundation announces 2013 Imagine! Career Week

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board and Citizens Bank Foundation announces 2013 Imagine! Career Week

Mar 29, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Health care scholarships target region’s pressing needs

The nursing shortage in the United States has been well-documented and well-publicized. Registered nurses represent the largest health care occupation with more than 2.6 million jobs nationally, and the employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent or more by 2018, according to the Department of Labor, in spite of the recent recession.

Mar 22, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Employers develop programs to promote internal candidates

As the wave of baby boomers nears retirement, manufacturers are discovering they not only have a skills gap when it comes to production jobs, but also mid-level and senior management positions.

Mar 21, 2013Pacific News Center

dck Names Joe Belechak First Worldwide Chief Operating Officer

dck worldwide, parent company of dck pacific construction, announced the promotion of Joe Belechak to Chief Operating Officer of the company. Belechak joined dck back in October 2012.

Feb 25, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Issue One: The State of the Union

3 Rivers WIB CEO Stefani Pashman comments on the State of the Union address in this letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Jan 25, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Fast Trackers 2003 - Where are they now? Laura Ellsworth

What advice would you have for young professionals looking to move up in their careers?

“Here’s my top 10. First, remember the advice your mom gave you at the dinner table: ‘Try everything on your plate and never say you don’t like it until you’ve tried it.’ Second, there is no substitute for the investment of time. You have to invest a tremendous amount of time, in the office, outside the office, at 3 a.m. when you wake up thinking of how to solve a work problem. The more you experience, the more people you meet, the more you learn, the more you think about creative solutions to problems, the better you will be, and all those things take time.

Jan 11, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Auberle seeks more partners for youth training program

This story by Malia Spencer of the Pittsburgh Business Times focuses on Auberle's work to create or modify training programs aimed at preparing young people for jobs.

Jan 9, 2013The Jewish Chronicle

JHF grants focus on education, services to underserved

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation recently announced its annual grantmaking and refers to its relationship with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Jan 4, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Firing workers over 40: Don’t get caught in lawsuit

TRWIB's aging workforce report, "Does Age Matter," referenced in this article by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Dec 28, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh region's hiring outlook looking up for 2013

The hiring outlook for Pittsburgh in 2013 appears to be strong.

Dec 27, 2012WESA-FM

Female Employment Strong, but in Few Industries

A Pittsburgh-based study is showing females in the region tend to pursue careers in a select number of fields, while men are represented in more industries.The analysis is part of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board's (TRWIB) research on various segments in the labor industry.

Dec 27, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Pittsburgh men lost jobs in the '80s, women stepped in to save economy

Bernadette Collins was 24 and a newlywed when her husband, a steelworker, was laid off from his job in 1982.

Nov 19, 2012WESA-FM

Unemployment Agency: $300 million Hard to Track

Limited employer engagement, failure to identify and share best practices, and programs operating below capacity are only a few factors causing problems for those trying to help the unemployed in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Nov 18, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Fewer workers stay in 1 job their whole careers

When Edward Gerjuoy started teaching at the University of Pittsburgh in 1964, the Beatles had invaded America, boys played with a new G.I. Joe action figure and a generation reared on the make-believe of television faced harsh Cold War realities.

Oct 25, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

TRWIB's newest board members recognized in Pittsburgh Business Times

TRWIB's newest board members were recognized in the People and Awards section of the online Pittsburgh Business Times.

Oct 17, 2012WESA-FM

Panel: Pittsburgh Job Market, Atmosphere Attractive to Young Adults

Pittsburgh's diverse labor market and small-city atmosphere make it attractive to young people, according to a panel at the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but the city should do more to attract young adults of diverse ethnicities, and local youngsters should vote more often.

Oct 16, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jobs report challenges 'pervasive' skills gap

A recent job description for a lab technician described the requirements: a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology, a year of work experience in light manufacturing, the knowledge and ability to mix chemicals, the ability to operate a fork lift, lift heavy boxes and work with hazardous materials.

What did it pay? $15 to $17 an hour.

Oct 6, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Connect industry, youths (Letter to the Business Editor)

The Sept. 28 article "Production Jobs Rare For Young Workers" sheds light on a growing concern for some of the region's key employment sectors -- older workers with jobs in manufacturing, education and health care are expected to leave jobs faster than employers can find qualified younger workers to replace them.

Oct 3, 2012Pop City Media

Pittsburgh needs youth to replace our rapidly retiring workforce, study says

Pittsburgh is facing a critical shortage of younger workers ready to move into jobs that will become available as a result of retirements in the workforce in the next 10 years. What can we do about it?

Sep 30, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Construction firm owner works to get younger workers in the mix

When Stephen Shelton looks ahead to that moment in the future when he will hand his construction company over to his son, he sees trouble.

The company has a good stable of reliable employees, but they are all in their 40s and 50s. There are no younger workers in the pipeline to take over those jobs.

Sep 28, 201290.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

Pittsburgh Region's Workforce Aging Fast

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) has issued a report on the aging of the region’s labor pool warning of a future shortage of workers. The report finds the region will be faced with a high number of retirements in the future and not enough qualified younger workers to fill critical jobs in key sectors like manufacturing, education, health care, and the trades.

Sep 28, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Production jobs rare for younger workers

Young people in the Pittsburgh region are facing a future with fewer opportunities to garner skills, just as the population of older skilled workers is heading toward retirement.

Sep 28, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Younger workers needed to bolster aging workforce

Older workers are leaving jobs faster than employers can find qualified younger workers to replace them.

That’s the conclusion of a report the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board released on Thursday that said the gap is expected to widen significantly in the next decade and impact the local economy.


Sep 27, 2012

3 Rivers Workforce Investment Board releases latest report, “Does Age Matter?”

PITTSBURGH, PA, (September 27, 2012) — Is age really just a number? When it comes to the age of the region’s workforce, numbers mean plenty.

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) today released its report, “Does Age Matter? Workforce aging and its implication for collaborative talent management in the Pittsburgh region,” and identified a disturbing scarcity of skills for critical occupations in the Pittsburgh region.

Sep 27, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh's workforce aging faster than the rest

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board is making the taboo assertion that age does matter when it comes to our region’s workforce.

Aug 13, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

2-year college numbers decline

Enrollment at community colleges across the country is declining, a pretty good sign that the nation’s economy is picking up, school administrators said.

Jul 17, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Technical skills in demand

Most jobs in Western Pennsylvania do not require a four-year college degree, including jobs in the burgeoning energy sector. But area institutions are doing a poor job of conveying that message to job seekers, said job-training experts who met Downtown on Monday.

Jul 14, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. employment chief coming here Monday

On Monday, Jane Oates, assistant secretary for employment and training in the U.S. Department of Labor, is coming to Pittsburgh to talk with representatives of local governments, community colleges, labor unions and businesses about jobs in the energy sector.

Jun 26, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Youth summer jobs shrink by 55 percent

Summer employment opportunities for high school students in the Pittsburgh area have shrunk by more than 55 percent since 2000, reflecting statewide and national trends, according to a new report by the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Jun 15, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

College isn't always the answer to a good job

Letter to the editor by Stefani Pashman, TRWIB CEO

Jun 15, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Grant will be targeting skilled-worker gap

Jun 15, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Three Rivers to get $3 million in workforce training

Jun 13, 2012

Workforce Innovation Grants Announced Media Advisory

Please click here to read the media advisory related to US Department of Labor Sec. Hilda Solis' visit to Pittsburgh to announce $147 million in Workforce Innovation Grants.

May 8, 2012The American Entrepreneur Radio

Are we overqualifying ourselves for the jobs available?

TRWIB President Joe Belechak discusses the region's supply-demand disconnect with Buddy Hobart of the American Entrepreneur.

May 2, 2012Essential Public Radio

Youth Employment the Focus of Events in Pittsburgh this Week

The 6th Annual Imagine! Career Week kicked off Monday in Pittsburgh and included a breakfast on Tuesday with Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis. The goal of the week is to expose Pittsburgh youth ages 14-24 to a wide range of career options.

Apr 29, 2012Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Focus on skills employers need rather than degrees

Jamie Merisotis' April 22 Forum commentary ("Pittsburgh Needs More Skilled Workers: Without Them, the Region Will Fall Far Behind International Competitors") makes a strong case for solid postsecondary education.

Post-recession employment dynamics brought the issue of college education to the center of attention -- those with more education spent less time on unemployment rolls. But does that mean that everyone should go to college?

Apr 28, 2012PIttsburgh Post Gazette

Business Forum: Graduates should dream, build upon their passions

In the holiday special "It's A Wonderful Life," George Bailey is on his way home from a high school dance and tells his date, Mary, that he knows exactly what he is going to do with the rest of his life -- tomorrow, the next day and every day after that. This character had a specific plan that would lead him to a career building tall skyscrapers in great cities.

Apr 27, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Res-Care taling with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board is negotiating with Louisville, Ky.-based Res-Care Inc. to provide job help programs in Allegheny County.

Apr 26, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Career Week kicks off today for local students

Today is the kickoff of the sixth annual Imagine! Career Week, eight days of career-related events that put the focus for young people on life after school.

Apr 24, 2012Essential Public Radio

Annual Career Week Focuses On Pathways To Regional Jobs

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) is holding its 6th annual “Imagine! Career Week,” which involves job-related programs for people of all ages in the Pittsburgh region from April 26th to May 4th.

Mar 30, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

From Iraq to Pittsburgh seeking work

Nine years ago this month, as the Iraq War began, Samir Alqass was working in his electronics store in Baghdad, unaware of the contortions his professional and personal paths were about to take.

Mar 30, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Number of refugees calling western Pennsylvania home grows

Pittsburgh has two populations in need of a bridge: a business community looking for qualified candidates with technical expertise, and a growing population of refugees looking to return to their former professions in some of the same fields that are in high demand around these parts.

Mar 17, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shell's Beaver County plant likely to spark tech jobs

An ethylene cracking plant that Shell Oil Co. could build in Beaver County's Potter Township may generate hundreds of technical jobs that would demand a chemistry-savvy workforce, experts said Friday.

Feb 29, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Health care tech workers in high demand

A high percentage of older adults in the region means hospitals need support staff to monitor heart-related ailments, so cardiac monitor technicians are among the most in-demand technical jobs, officials say.

Read more: Health care tech workers in high demand - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_782536.html#ixzz1p6xoaSe0

Feb 19, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lack of winter weather this season a plus for many

Winter for the Pittsburgh region came in like a lamb in December with an average temperature of 37.5 degrees -- 5.1 degrees above the monthly average -- and snowfall of 1.2 inches, well below the normal monthly average of 8.3 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Above-average temperatures have continued in January and February. With a little more than four weeks before spring, some businesses are benefiting from the mild season while others are hoping for the perfect storm to ice roadways, freeze pipes and, potentially, help their bottom lines.

Feb 10, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Gov. Tom Corbett outlines proposals to boost job growth in Pennsylvania

For Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania’s economic salvation lies in new jobs, and the state’s role is to partner with industry to create and retain those jobs. To that end, the governor outlined a handful of new jobs-related programs in his 2012-2013 fiscal year budget.

Feb 8, 2012Essential Public Radio

Budget for Higher Education Cuts Community Colleges a Break

Last year, Governor Tom Corbett’s budget called for an 18 percent reduction in funding for Pennsylvania state schools. The governor’s 2012-2013 budget that was unveiled Tuesday slashed appropriations by 20 percent for the 14 state-owned universities.

Feb 2, 2012Pittsburg Tribune-Review

Educators stressing career preparation in science and industry

Until about a year ago, Clay Sheffield wasn't much into science -- just like a lot of classmates at Trafford Middle School, he said. Now he's thinking of careers in medicine, and maybe life as an army medic.

He started thinking differently last year in sixth grade, inspired by his science teacher's lessons about the great scientists who've studied the animal kingdom.

Jan 27, 2012

Labor Market Information Release for January 2012

TRWIB's monthly Labor Market Information update for January 2012

Jan 22, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Personnel Moves

The following have been appointed to the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Jan 22, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Retraining one answer to job loss situation

Tamika Macon Akers is the model of the Great Recession success story.

Before the economic downturn, Miss Akers had the type of job that defined security. She was a data entry clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. She expected to retire from the job with a nice pension after spending a few decades in a position that she said was mind-numbing.

Then came 2008. In September of that year, the extent of the recession started to become clear as Wall Street firms began to melt down.

Miss Akers, 35, of Forest Hills, lost her job, along with 476 co-workers in November 2008. In January, she started a program at Community College of Allegheny County for dislocated workers, which waived her tuition and trained her in biotechnology.

Dec 24, 2011Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Business forum: Matching jobless to available work


The Bloomberg News Dec. 16 story "Skills 'Mismatch' Said to Hinder Hiring" details the national workforce supply-demand disconnect believed to be caused by the misalignment of people's talents and available jobs.

That same mismatch is prevalent here, challenging the Pittsburgh region's post-recession growth. The demand for skilled workforce grows.

Dec 23, 2011Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh's biggest employers looking to fill more than 5,600 positions

Almost all of Pittsburgh’s 50 largest employers are looking to grow, and their combined needs outstrip the past two years. All told, they have 5,619 open positions, up 23 percent from 4,574 a year ago and almost 73 percent from 3,254 in December 2009.

Dec 19, 2011Pittsburgh Business Times

Three Rivers Workforce board names new officers

Eight local people have been named to the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Dec 15, 2011

December 2011 Newsletter

TRWIB's monthly e-newsletter for December 2011

Dec 13, 2011Pittsburgh Regional Compact Quarterly Newsletter Fall/Winter 2011

Innovation, Evolution and Improvement

Innovation, evolution and improvement marked 2011 for Pittsburgh Regional Compact Member The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB). Here are some key highlights of what was accomplished, who helped and where we're heading from here.

Dec 9, 2011Pittsburgh Business Times

Calgon Carbon’s UV division on a growth spurt

It’s going to get a little more crowded at the Calgon Carbon Corp. .. offices in Findlay Township, as the company plans to hire about 100 more people.

Nov 27, 2011Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Enhancing opportunity

Kim Leonard's news story "Columbia Gas' pipeline project replaces aging infrastructure" (Nov. 13 and TribLIVE.com) sheds light on a significant challenge facing the region's natural gas industry. No one doubts the benefit of replacing tired, rusting infrastructure. And as the story points out, these projects create jobs. Problem is, there aren't enough men and women ready and able to fill the positions.

Nov 25, 2011Pittsburgh Business Times

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board taking over city, county job-training programs

Hope for Santana Hammond’s future came in the form of a flier she found tucked in her door one afternoon.

Her first try at post-secondary education ended when not even intensive tutoring could save her grade point average, she said. She chalks up the experience to learning and teaching styles that didn’t mesh.

Nov 19, 2011National Journal

The Left-Behinds

How three decades of flawed economic thinking have helped to create record numbers of long-term unemployed and undermine America’s middle class.

Nov 3, 2011http://www.marketwatch.com/story/laid-off-pennsylvania-bank-workers-to-receive-job-retraining-placement-assistance-2011-11-02

Laid-Off Pennsylvania Bank Workers to Receive Job Retraining, Placement Assistance

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The state will invest up to $504,000 in National Emergency Grant funds to provide re-employment services to approximately 115 former workers from the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Secretary of Labor & Industry Julia Hearthway said today.

Nov 3, 2011

TRWIB seeks proposals for workforce services

PITTSBURGH - With more than 83,000 people in the Pittsburgh area unemployed in September 2011, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) today released a Request for Proposal (RFP), seeking qualified bidders to provide workforce services for adults and dislocated workers in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Oct 31, 2011Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

$504,000 grant for retraining after Federal Reserve layoffs

The 115 workers who lost their jobs at the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland because of the consolidation of U.S. savings bonds operations are eligible for job retraining.