Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board

Initiatives

Business Education Partnership

The WFWIB has been a leader in the Westmoreland-Fayette area to implement partnerships where businesses, local school districts, and students collaborate. This collaboration educates our future workforce on career and college pathways. The following entities are currently hosting WFWIB BEP funded programs:

  • Connellsville Area Career and Technology Center
  • German American Chamber of Commerce – Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Greater Latrobe School District
  • Hempfield Area School District
  • Pittsburgh Chapter of NTMF – SWPA BotsIQ
  • Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center
  • Redstone Foundation
  • Westmoreland County Forum for Workforce Development
Teacher in the workplace program

The Teacher In the Workplace program, or TIW, is a WFWIB initiative within the Westmoreland-Fayette area focused on connecting educators and school administrators with our local area’s industry leaders. Through these connections, our education and workforce systems are aligned to best support local students.

Currently, the WFWIB is operating a Westmoreland County focused TIW initiative. Through this initiative, Westmoreland County K-12 school district educators will be provided with unique and valuable opportunities of participating in inudstry-based partnerships, new best practices, relevant workforce information, and new career pathway understandings. Educators will explore Manufacturing, Healthcare, Business Services, Technology, and the Trades to strengthen career readiness, pathway opportunities, and classroom instruction for students’ future success. 

For more information on TIW, please reach out to WFWIB Youth Program Specialist Madeline Butina at mbutina@westfaywib.org

SWPA BotsIQ

SWPA BotsIQ is an educational robotics competition for high school age students that provides them with a unique, hands-on experience allowing them to discover possibilities of a career in the manufacturing sector and other STEM fields. Its mission is to provide exciting, hand-on STEM learning experience through business/education partnerships that will build the current and future workforce needed by the manufacturing industry.

For more information, please visit the SWPA BotsIQ website on a new tab here

TANF Youth Career Readiness

TANF Youth Career readiness programs support in-school and out-of-school youth residing in Westmoreland County and Fayette County. Programs under this initiative work to provide youth with opportunities to gain quality work habits, valuable employment skills, and education on career pathways that support career and life goals. The following entities are currently hosting WFWIB TANF Youth Career Readiness funded programs:

  • Connellsville Area Career and Technology Center
  • German American Chamber of Commerce – Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Intermediate Unit 1
  • Pittsburgh Chapter NTMF – SWPA BotsIQ
  • Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center
  • Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc.
  • Redstone Foundation
  • Westmoreland County Community College
WIOA Youth Employment & Training Programs

WIOA Youth Employment & Training Programs support in-school and out-of-school youth residing in Westmoreland County and Fayette County who meet WIOA eligibility. Programs under this initiative lead youth to achieving academic and technical skills as well as employment success. The following entities are currently hosting WFWIB WIOA Youth Employment & Training Programs:

  • Equus Workforce Solutions
  • Fayette County Community Action Agency
  • Regional Integrated Human Services
  • Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc.
Apprenticeships

Within the local area, the WFWIB invests WIOA funding to develop a broad array of pre-/apprenticeship opportunities. These opportunities provide benefits to a diverse group of job seekers and employers, including those with barriers to employment and those in underserved communities. By providing several pre-/apprenticeship program opportunities, individuals gain valuable skills that will directly benefit local employers through hands-on work-based training. The WFWIB has supported pre-/apprenticeship programs with BEP funds, TANF funds, and WIOA youth funds to assist our local youth to prepare for skills needed for local industries and enter registered apprenticeship (RA) programs.

The WFWIB, and Southwest Planning Region as a whole, will continue exploring ways to partner with training providers, employers, and the Commonwealth’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) to expand apprenticeships in the region, including ways to connect women, people of color, and other populations to apprenticeship opportunities.

Southwest Pennsylvania Regional Recovery Ecosystem

Under the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) INSPIRE initiative, the Southwest Pennsylvania Regional Recovery Ecosystem builds and expands upon programs, partnerships, and efforts across the region to address the human, economic, and health impacts of substance abuse disorders (SUD). As a regional effort with Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, Three Rivers Workforce Development Board, and Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Inc., the WFWIB targets multiple stakeholder populations—including individuals in recovery seeking to find or advance in employment, businesses, and healthcare systems—to further develop and strengthen regional collaboration, sharing, and resource leveraging in a continual effort to bolster the recovery ecosystem.

Westmoreland-Fayette Youth Re-Entry Program

The Westmoreland-Fayette Youth Re-Entry Program is funded by the Youth Reentry Cooperative Network (YRCN). The YRCN is a collaborative project between the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board (SCWDB) and the WFWDB. The YRP aims to enhance re-entry strategies for young adults ages 18 to 24 who have been involved in the juvenile justice system. Comprehensive case management and supportive services are delivered in tandem with mentoring support including facilitating access to vocational training, education, post-secondary information, soft-skills training, and transitional employment to increase job skills and readiness. In the event that the returning youth does not have a high school diploma, youth will be worked back into the school system or connected to a local GED/remediation program.

A primary goal of YRP is to help participants gain unsubsidized, career-track employment that affords self-sustaining income. The gains of YRP participants will result in long-term community benefits of higher employment, lower recidivism, and increased public safety.

For more information regarding the Westmoreland-Fayette Youth Re-Entry Program, please reach out to WFWIB Youth Services Manager Courtney Venick at cvenick@westfaywib.org.

Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board

145 Pavilion Lane,
Youngwood, PA 15697
724.755.2145 | TTY: 724.925.3243
info@westfaywib.org

Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board is an equal opportunity employer/program.

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For federal funding information, visit westfaywib.org/resources/.