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Real Stories of How We Connect Real People with Careers That Work

  • Raymond, Manny & Amir

    Youth Program

    This triple Success Story highlights three CareerFORCE Youth Program participants – Raymond Caban, Manny Martinez, and Amir Alford. In fall 2019, these young men started internships with the Housing Association & Development Corporation. HADC is a community organization that provides job training for young adults after high school through the construction of high quality, affordable housing in the Jordan Heights neighborhood of Allentown.

    During the internship period, an experienced carpenter taught them the basics of home remodeling and they learned more about the construction industry as a potential career field. At the same time, more doors were opening to exciting opportunities – Raymond was able to get his driver’s license and start ESL classes!

    After successfully completing the internship, all three men were offered full time on-the-job training (OJT) roles as team leads, allowing them to enhance their construction skills and help train new employees in the future! They have been working for HADC since January 2020 and speak very highly of the organization and the work they do.

    Manny says, “This job has helped me get on the right track. I’m working on making a better life for my community and my family.”

  • Gabriel

    Youth Program

    Gabriel came to the PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley office as a recent high school graduate excited to explore his career options. He joined the Youth Program in December 2018. While developing his program goals and discussing his career interests with his Career Advisor, Gabriel revealed his interest in industrial automation and electromechanical technology.

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Bethlehem Area School District Helped 10 Interns Explore New Occupations through PA’s SLIP Program

The summer of 2019 once again saw the arrival of summer internships through Pennsylvania’s State and Local Internship Program (SLIP). Several PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley staff members came together to manage the SLIP program this year, with an initial goal of placing 75 summer interns with area employers across different industries. After lots of time and legwork, our team met and exceeded that target, with a total of 80 participating interns! 

The Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) took on ten summer interns who worked in custodial and building maintenance, automotive maintenance, and clerical roles. The BASD staff who supervised the interns all expressed profound satisfaction with SLIP participants and gratitude that they were able to educate young people about careers within the school district. In addition, each intern had a chance to explore the pros and cons of their summer occupations so they could be better prepared to evaluate the career pathways presented to them as they enter the workforce. 

In the end, BASD said they would be very interested in hiring some of these young adults, and the district also wants to participate in the internship program next year. With any luck, we may see a few of these young adults start new careers and make an impact here in the Lehigh Valley!