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

  • Amir

    We love sharing photos of our CareerFORCE Youth Program participants in action! Amir is spending his summer in an On-the-Job Training (OJT) role with the Housing Association & Development Corporation in Allentown. He is hard at work gutting a blighted house in the city, which will be fully reconstructed and renovated before it is sold to an income-eligible family in need. Gaining skilled work experience and giving back to the community at the same time is a win-win!

  • Luis

    Luis is a CareerFORCE participant who is pursuing a career in healthcare and emergency medical services. He recently completed the classroom portion of his Apprenticeship with Cetronia Ambulance Corps and is currently working in Paratransit. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the main duties of Luis’s job have included driving elderly patients in the Lehigh Valley to their medical appointments and being there for discharges, where he transports patients from the hospital to their homes.

    Luis enjoys making a difference in people’s lives by helping them during these critical times, and he is proud to be an essential team member providing life essential services! Luis has had several opportunities to do ride-alongs with the EMT team, and he also assists with Spanish interpretation and lifting patients.

    According to Luis, his time at PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley has taught him how to be professional and gave him the tools to succeed in his career. This ambitious rising star is thankful to be able to continue his training throughout the pandemic, while at the same time earning the income he and his family need!

Learn About Our Employer Success: Jack’s Glass

Jack’s Glass is a familiar name to folks here in the Lehigh Valley. The company, founded in 1914 and located in Allentown, has been at the forefront of auto, home and business, glass & mirror installation, and repairs for over 100 years. In addition, Jack’s Glass has been a great partner with PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley by posting jobs, participating in job fairs, and hiring through our On-the-Job Training (OJT) program.

The company is proud to provide entry-level positions for individuals who are just starting their careers, and they emphasize training and growth within the organization. Most workers start out as “glass installation technicians,” with a competitive wage and benefits package. For the especially motivated employee, Jack’s offers a career pathway that can lead to more responsibilities, more skills, and a rewarding career.

As mentioned, Jack’s Glass has hired several CareerLink program participants through the OJT initiative, and some of them still work for the company. In addition, the company was enthusiastic about participating in our State & Local Internship Program for summer 2020! They brought two interns on board, one to handle marketing and social media, and the other to assist in the shop and on the road. Jack’s Glass is hoping that the internships will be successful and perhaps lead to full-time employment.

Jack’s Glass continues to have a great relationship with PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley and remains dedicated to helping our job seekers, all while dealing with an increased workload during the pandemic. We are proud to work with this thriving local business!