YOUNGWOOD, PA (April 20, 2021) – The Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board (WFWIB) has selected Josephine Kuhn to serve as its new Grants and Marketing Manager. Kuhn will be responsible for researching, developing, and overseeing all grant and marketing efforts.
A recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh class of 2020, Kuhn holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business information systems.
Kuhn was introduced to the WFWIB in 2018 as a summer intern under the Experience Works! PLUS Internship Program. The Experience Works! PLUS Internship Program is primarily funded by the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) Grant. The program coordinates internship opportunities for 18-24-year-old youth enrolled in a post-secondary education institution to assist employers in implementing business improvements while providing valuable workforce experience to young people seeking a career opportunity. 2018 was the first program year the WFWIB received funding to host the internship program.
During her first summer as a WFWIB intern, Kuhn assisted Youth Services Manager Janet Ward with the Experience Works! PLUS Internship Program’s development. As it was the first year the WFWIB hosted the program, Kuhn contributed ideas and best practices for the program that are still followed today. Following Kuhn’s first summer internship with the WFWIB, she continued her internship for the next two summers.
“Interning with the WFWIB was always a great experience,” said Kuhn. “They ensured that I was receiving the best internship possible by exposing me to different and new opportunities each summer. I was able to return to Pitt with new skills and knowledge after each summer.”
After Kuhn’s 2020 summer internship, the WFWIB hired her as a part-time consultant maintaining a need for someone to oversee the Experience Works! PLUS Internship Program and marketing efforts. During this time, the WFWIB found the need to fill the vacant Grants and Marketing Manager position on a full-time basis. The career opportunity was publicly posted on the WFWIB’s social media accounts, the WFWIB’s website, and PACareerLink.pa.gov. Kuhn applied to the position having prior experience directly with the WFWIB’s marketing efforts and having assisted with several WFWIB grants.
In her new role as the Grants and Marketing Manager, Josephine Kuhn will ensure that marketing efforts are data-driven, innovative, and engaging audiences to help spread the awareness and brand of the WFWIB. Additionally, she will be responsible for comprehensively writing and developing program proposals and requests for proposals (RFPs) while researching applicable funding opportunities.
“The WFWIB does so much to help employers, job seekers, and youth in Westmoreland and Fayette counties. I am excited to be a part of the process that will continue those efforts and increase awareness of all that we do,” said Kuhn.
Contact: Janet Ward, Executive Director | 724-755-2145
About the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board
The Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board (WFWIB) is a non-profit entity consisting of appointees from the business, education, and labor sectors of Westmoreland-Fayette counties. The board is empowered to lead workforce development activities in Fayette and Westmoreland counties. The WFWIB is funded by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provides funding to federal workforce programs and local Workforce Development Boards. The WFWIB oversees the three PA CareerLink® centers that are located in Westmoreland and Fayette county: PA CareerLink® Westmoreland County at Youngwood, PA CareerLink® Fayette County, and PA CareerLink® Alle-Kiski. For more information about the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board, please visit www.WestFayWIB.org.