Employers, Educators and Training

These organizations are actively working to address our region's skills gap.

Learn more about each below.

Corporate Partners



If you’ve ever seen a rocket launch, flown on an airplane, driven a car, used a computer, touched a mobile device, crossed a bridge, or put on wearable technology, chances are you’ve used a product where ANSYS software played a critical role in its creation. ANSYS is the global leader in engineering simulation. We help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, we help them solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination.

Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs nearly 3,000 professionals, many of whom are expert M.S. and Ph.D.‑level engineers in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics, semiconductors, embedded software and design optimization. Our exceptional staff is passionate about pushing the limits of world-class simulation technology so our customers can turn their design concepts into successful, innovative products faster and at lower cost.  


Berner International

Berner International

Located in New Castle, Pa., Berner manufactures and sells air curtains, a.k.a. air doors.

Berner combines design, engineering, state-of-the-art equipment, and highly skilled workers to produce the best looking, most efficient, cost-effective, reliable air curtains on the market. Our mission is simple – we aim to save our customers energy while creating healthy, comfortable environments with an air curtain on every door.

We are a people-oriented company that cultivates a culture of trust and respect for one another.  We empower everyone at Berner to be responsible and accountable for her/his work.  We believe that one of the greatest investments that can be made in business is in their people. We provide the training, knowledge, and support that our employees will need to be successful in their position at Berner and beyond.

Berner is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. At Berner, we treat each other with respect and follow the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.

When the door is open, Berner Air Curtains.




Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies.  Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry.  Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company's operations.  The State of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are a part of the Chevron Appalachia Mountain Business Unit’s portfolio.  Chevron Appalachia operations are based in Coraopolis, Pa.  For information about employment opportunities, please visit the following website: www.chevron.com/about/contact/jobs .


CNX Resources

CNX Resources Corporation (NYSE: CNX) is one of the largest independent natural gas exploration, development and production companies, with operations centered in the major shale formations of the Appalachian basin. With the benefit of a more than 150-year legacy and a substantial asset base amassed over many generations, we are committed to a technology-driven organic growth strategy focused on responsibly developing our resources in order to create long term value for our shareholders, employees and the local communities where we operate. Our core values are Responsibility, Ownership and Excellence. Additional information may be found at www.cnx.com.

Phone: (724) 485-4000

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, with local headquarters in Canonsburg, Pa., delivers clean, affordable and efficient natural gas to approximately 430,000 residential, industrial and government customers in 450 communities.  It is one of seven regulated utility companies of NiSource, one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands.

From 2007-2017, Columbia invested over $1.6 billion to modernize and expand our distribution system in Pennsylvania. Of that amount, approximately $1.2 billion was dedicated to replacing over 922 miles of priority pipe. In 2018 alone, Columbia Gas will invest $284 million in Pennsylvania, with more than $215 million dedicated to upgrading aging underground infrastructure throughout the 26 Pennsylvania counties where we provide natural gas service.

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania is committed to actively supporting organizations that work to make a difference in the communities where we deliver natural gas. Annually, we award more than $450,000 in grants to help improve the quality of life for our customers, employees and neighbors in the communities where we deliver safe and reliable natural gas service.

People power our success. At Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, we foster a culture of inclusion and diversity. Our success depends on being open to new ways of thinking that can make us a better community partner and a stronger company. Unique talents, ideas and perspectives are encouraged and respected here.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity is more than just the right thing to do. It drives tangible benefits for our company, our customers and all of our stakeholders.

Contact info:

Sarah Perry


Community Alternatives, Inc.

Community Alternatives, Inc. strives to provide evidence based, high quality mental health services for adults and children through a variety of service types. We provide services which respect the autonomy of the individual and promote self-determination.  We foster a collaborative, pleasant and work environment through investing in our direct staff and supervisors.

Community Alternatives, Inc.
700 S Scotland Lane
New Castle, PA 16101


DDI is a global leadership consulting firm that helps organizations hire, promote and develop exceptional leaders. From first-time managers to C-suite executives, DDI is by leaders’ sides, supporting them in every critical moment of leadership. Built on five decades of research and experience in the science of leadership, DDI’s evidence-based assessment and development solutions enable millions of leaders around the world to succeed, propelling their organizations to new heights. For more information, visit ddiworld.com.

1225 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, PA  15017


Deep Well Services

Established in 2008, Deep Well Services (DWS) is an oilfield services company specializing in completion & workover services in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and West Virginia. All of our equipment was fabricated to help facilitate the completion of high pressure & long lateral wells. We have developed an aggressive growth strategy to be executed over the next several years, with expansion plans that include extending our service lines, and expanding operations into additional Shale basins. DWS is supported by capital commitments from private equity and utilizes innovation, advanced technology, and out-of-the-box solution-oriented thinking to meet the changing needs of its clients while staying ahead of the competition.

DWS began by bringing in the most experienced industry personnel to give the company a well-rounded and efficient workforce second to none. Our depth of experience not only in the US region, but also around the world, brings to the table an unparalleled group of specialized oilfield workers that can move projects forward no matter the obstacles. At Deep Well Services people, safety and quality are more than a priority; they are a value.  We believe that a safe work environment enables our company to hire and retain qualified and dedicated people. We have instituted a Safety Committee that meets once a month to discuss issues directly related to our work environment. With field personnel and management represented in these meetings, we will grow our safety culture and expand our safety horizons by taking proactive safety measures in all we do.

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Duquesne Light Company

Duquesne Light Company is a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy, offering superior customer service and reliability to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania. From the industrial age to the technology era, Duquesne Light has been an integral part of the fabric of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. Its more than 1500 dedicated employees have helped to transform the way people live, delivering dependable energy for greater comfort and leisure, faster communications, more efficient transportation, enhanced economic development, and improved health care for virtually every facet of life. As a next generation energy company, Duquesne Light is committed to more than keeping the lights on; it powers the moments in its customers’ lives. For more information, visit Duquesnelight.com.

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Direct link/contact: www.duquesnelight.com/company/about/careers

Ellwood Group Inc

Ellwood Group Inc

Since our founding in 1910, ELLWOOD has grown organically and via acquisition to become the leading vertically-integrated supplier of quality metals and custom-engineered components for critical applications worldwide. From raw materials through finished machined and coated products ready for assembly, we provide the products our customers require in the world’s most demanding applications. While our footprint now spans 11 business units and more than 25 locations across North America, we haven’t lost sight of what’s right: treating our employees, industry partners and customers like family. As a family- owned business, we work as a committed partner with our stakeholders to ensure integrity, welcome new ideas, and achieve shared success.


LANXESS is driving customer success throughout the world with premium products, innovation, and world class technical expertise. We are a dynamic, high-tech specialty chemicals company with technology and product leadership positions in our businesses. We are unique in our global approach to sustainable growth, resource efficiency and green solutions.

Over 19,200 employees work for LANXESS across the globe making cement more colorful, water cleaner, medicine safer and much, much more. Our commercial success is based, quite simply, on the performance, the innovative strength and the commitment of our employees. With a genuine sense of social responsibility, attractive jobs in an international working environment, competitive salaries and benefits, as well as a corporate culture that encourages diversity, leadership and trust, we offer extraordinary development opportunities worldwide.

Throughout the year, we are also looking for interns and work students to work in all areas of the corporation – from production to marketing and controlling up to research & development. One example of our many opportunities is our Commercial Rotational Program, which is committed to building a pipeline of talent with commercial competencies and skills that will allow them to successfully contribute to the organization while furthering their career goals. Participants will gain valuable experience across LANXESS business units and broad exposure to related functions through rotational assignments.

LANXESS can be described as capable, courageous and lively. We strive for all individual employees to identify themselves with the LANXESS corporate objectives and embody these. For more employment opportunities, please visit the following website: https://career.lanxess.com/?locale=en_US

Mascaro Construction Company

Mascaro Construction Company, LP (Mascaro), a family-owned business, began in 1988 with the goal of delivering quality construction projects, done right, the first time. The success of our people delivering this goal has resulted in Mascaro being recognized by Engineering News-Record, a national construction magazine, as one of the top 400 contractors in the United States. 

The projects we build support our communities. Mascaro constructs academic facilities to teach students; labs to perform research; healthcare facilities to offer cutting-edge treatments; office spaces to inspire collaboration; sports venues to entertain us; and roadways to transport us to these places. We work on water and waste water treatment facilities that reduce environmental pollutants and power plants that provide energy to homes across the region.

All employees are committed to the Mascaro Advantage: be humble, hungry, and smart; do the right thing; outwork the competition; and provide a family atmosphere. Part of this family atmosphere is our emphasis on giving back to the community. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is also one of our long-term strategic goals.

Incorporation of these core values in our day-to-day activities allows us to deliver a great experience to everyone involved in a project. From senior management to field personnel, we firmly believe that when you build with Mascaro, you build with the best.

Online applications are accepted at our website.

Phone (412) 321-4901
1720 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

NET Xperts

NET Xperts LLC® has the expertise to design and implement IT systems that meet the needs of small to mid-sized businesses. Whether in need of Cybersecurity, Managed Services, or Cloud Services, they are experienced, Certified Professionals that can help develop technology business plans to meet any strategic business goal. NET Xperts not only provides expert installation and service, they are dedicated to developing long-lasting, professional relationships with clients. As a partner, they keep businesses up and running on a daily basis. Clients are confident that NET Xperts utilizes the most up-to-date and effective systems technology focusing on their particular business needs. Client business concerns are the top priority. At NET Xperts LLC®, they take the necessary steps to be certain that all customers’ technological needs are met, and business goals are realized.

For more information about NET Xperts LLC®, please email info@thenetxperts.com


PA Chamber Educational Foundation

PA Chamber Educational Foundation

As The Statewide Voice of Business™, the Pennsylvania Chamber is here for Pennsylvania companies, to help develop the solutions they need to solve the workforce issues they are experiencing every day. 

At the same time, students and others entering the workforce are looking for information on in-demand jobs that are available and that will provide a solid career choice.

In order to ensure that the Commonwealth can continue to boast a skilled workforce and remain competitive in the global marketplace, the PA Chamber has made workforce development a cornerstone of its mission in the 21st Century.

The Pennsylvania Chamber is committed to help bridge the skills gap between Pennsylvania employers’ current and future employment needs and the skills of today’s workforce.   That’s why our Educational Foundation has created “Start the Conversation HERE” — grassroots initiative aimed at addressing the employment needs in Pennsylvania by increasing public awareness of the growing demand for workers in the skilled trades and other employment trends in the Commonwealth. This includes an innovative partnership with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation help award scholarships specifically to Pennsylvanians through the Work Ethic Scholarship Program. 

As the state’s largest broad-based business advocacy association, we continue to encourage policymakers to strengthen existing workforce development programs to make sure that the Commonwealth is fully developing and harnessing the talent, skills and capacities of its citizens.

Allen Norton, Workforce Development Executive | ANorton@pachamber.org | 717.720.5563

www.pachamber.org | www.starttheconversationhere.com

PANTHERx Rare Pharmacy

PANTHERx Rare Logo

PANTHERx Rare Pharmacy, The Rare Disease Specialty Pharmacy®, is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  PANTHERx Rare’s mission is to transform lives by delivering medical breakthroughs, clinical excellence, and access solutions to patients afflicted with rare and devastating conditions.  Every day we Define RxARE®, by developing focused solutions, bold innovations, and novel clinical services associated with the life-transforming therapies that we deliver.  We are an innovative and passionate organization that proudly consists of friendly and collaborative employees.  PANTHERx Rare cultivates talent and encourages growth within our organization so that our employees can explore their interests and expand their careers.  Our growth has always been strategic, and we let our values and the needs of our patients drive us forward in our everyday work.  PANTHERx is consistently Ranked #1 in Patient Satisfaction by Zitter Health Insights; being patient-focused isn't just a philosophy; it's the foundation of our company.  Our associates are compassionate problem solvers, who produce high quality work, and who are up to the technical and human challenges of utilizing modern medicine to achieve superior health outcomes for people living with rare and devastating diseases.  PANTHERx was awarded 2018 Specialty Pharmacy of the Year by the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy as well as the American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance.  Zitter Health Insights awarded PANTHERx the Specialty Pharmacy Patient Choice Award winner for both 2017 and 2018.  As a quad-accredited pharmacy, PANTHERx holds accreditations from URAC, VIPPS, ACHC, and CPPA.

Passavant Memorial Homes Family of Services

Passavant Memorial Homes (PMH) is a private, non-profit human service agency based in western Pennsylvania dedicated to empowering children and adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, and behavioral health needs.  Since its inception in 1895, PMH has offered the individuals that we are privileged to serve the opportunity to lead healthy, enriching, and independent lives. 

PMH has continued to enhance the quality supports and services offered and has experienced tremendous growth through the development of its subsidiaries: PDC Pharmacy (PDC), Life Enrichment Trust (LET), Accessible Dental Services (ADS), and Passavant Memorial Homes Foundation (PMHF), which are together known as the Passavant Memorial Homes Family of Services (PMHFOS).  Collectively, our 1,700 team members provide supports to over 10,000 individuals.  PMHFOS continuously strives to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, and behavioral health needs to live successfully in the community through our holistic array of services that support an individual’s physical, emotional, financial, and social well-being.

PMHFOS is proud to support the WQED Future Jobs initiative as a corporate sponsor.  We are heavily rooted in the communities we serve, not only through our mission but also in the hiring and development of our employees.  We strive to empower students in the Pittsburgh region to find their career and passion at PMHFOS!

1-888-764-6467 ext. 111
163 Thorn Hill Road Warrendale, PA 15086

Recruitment Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnnf3GU4Lj4

PJ Dick - Trumbull - Lindy

The PJ Dick, Inc., Trumbull Corp., and Lindy Paving family of construction companies provides comprehensive general contracting, construction management, and design-build services for buildings, heavy highway, and civil; energy and industrial; and asphalt and material production. Consistently ranked one of the Top 100 builders by Engineering News Record, we attract the region's finest talent to deliver quality projects across the MidAtlantic region. We are an equal opportunity employer and don't discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, color, age, gender, religion, individual disability status, covered veteran status, or other traits projected by law. We maintain a safe and drug-free work environment for our employees.

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Phone number: 412.807.2000
Email: careers@pjdick.com
Locations: PA, WV, OH, MD, NJ, NY

The Rhodes Group

The Rhodes Group helps contractors and owners on construction projects at all stages - from preconstruction through formal disputes. The services we provide include analyzing construction claims resulting from schedule delays and cost overruns, providing independent expert testimony related to our findings, developing and maintaining critical path method schedules, creating 3D models and animations to demonstrate complex issues, and assisting in minimizing our clients’ exposure to the risk of schedule and cost-related disputes. In 1999, The Rhodes Group was founded with just two consultants and clients based only in the Pittsburgh region. 20 years later, we are sought out to consult on some of the largest and most complex construction projects throughout the United States and abroad, including projects in Canada, Australia, Chile, Indonesia, Jamaica, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates.

From our humble beginnings in Pittsburgh to serving clients all over the world, The Rhodes Group attributes its success to our team of highly specialized consultants with diverse educational backgrounds including degrees in engineering, accounting, science, and law. As a leading construction consulting firm, we place a high priority on continuing education and life-long learning. We are proud of the foundation we have built in Pittsburgh and are committed to supporting the education and development of the region’s workforce by regularly offering internship and co-op opportunities to local high school and university students in which they gain hands-on experience applying critical thinking skills.

To learn more about The Rhodes Group and our team’s diverse backgrounds, visit our website at www.rhodes-group.com.

Chris Jones, Director of Operations

Schneider Downs

Established in 1956, Schneider Downs has grown to be the largest independently-owned public accounting firm in Western Pennsylvania, and the fourth largest overall firm in Pittsburgh, with approximately 500 personnel, including 45 shareholders.  As one of the top 60 national firms, Schneider Downs has its headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, with a growing office in Columbus, OH, serving more than 2,500 corporate and individual clients.  Serving a variety of industries, including not-for-profit, manufacturing, retail, transportation and logistics, energy and natural resources, construction and real estate, we offer more than 80 service offerings, including audit and assurance services, tax compliance and consulting, business advisory, corporate finance, technology and wealth management and private family office services.

Our professionals are recognized as leaders in a number of industry sectors, and are members of the PICPA Committee on Professional Ethics, FASB Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, PICPA IT Assurance Committee and the AICPA Exempt Organization Technical Resource Panel.  The firm is a Member of the AICPA’s Center for Audit Quality and Governmental Audit Quality Center.  Our mission statement is “Working together every day to make our firm, clients and communities better.” Schneider Downs is proud that we have created a unique culture through which our professionals can thrive and develop, and our clients receive the highest levels of care, attention and expertise. 

Contact: www.schneiderdowns.com


At UPMC, we're all here for the same reason — to make Life Changing Medicine possible. A world-renowned health care provider and insurer, UPMC is committed to shaping the future of health care by combining a passion for innovation and research excellence with a patient-centered model of care.

Our network, comprised of 40 hospitals and more than 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, provides Life Changing Medicine to communities across Pennsylvania and beyond. In addition, UPMC Health Plan, one of the nation’s fastest-growing health plans, offers a full range of health insurance and services to more than 3.4 million members.

As Pennsylvania’s largest non-governmental employer, our team is made up of 87,000 dedicated employees across our footprint. No matter who you are or what you do, there is a place for you at UPMC. It’s a place where accountants and nurses, researchers and doctors, developers and HR representatives can all make a difference. Through defined career ladders, development opportunities, and an unmatched benefits package, we give our employees the support they need to advance their careers and achieve their professional goals

Are you ready to discover how you could make a difference at UPMC? Learn more and explore career opportunities that are right for you at careers.upmc.com.

U.S. Air Force

US Air Force

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. Our rich history and our vision guide our Airmen as we pursue our mission with excellence and integrity to become leaders, innovators and warriors.  With a full-time job in the Air Force, you receive incomparable on-the-job training and benefits like 30 days of vacation with pay each year, up to 100 percent of tuition reimbursement, housing allowance and retirement. If you would like to get in touch with an Air Force recruiter please call (724) 914 – 9118 or E-Mail: kacey_jo.hyde@us.af.mil.

Educational Partners

California University of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) prepares students to stand out in a competitive job market, thrive in their chosen career and make a difference in local and global communities. Located just 35 miles south of Pittsburgh, Cal U is a mid-size public university that offers over 100 undergraduate and more than 95 graduate programs of study in education, human services, the liberal arts, business, science and technology. Cal U focuses on applied learning, which positions students of all ages and backgrounds for career success, whether they choose to study on campus or online. In addition, through a wealth of undergraduate research, study away, service and leadership opportunities and over 100 on-campus clubs and organizations, students are able to build a college experience that helps them reach their full potential. Academics are the heart of Cal U. Many faculty members are professionals who come to the classroom with unique insights into real-world settings. What’s more, many still work in the fields in which they teach and can offer an inside look at current trends, which is valuable to students who are preparing for a career.

Cal U is a proud member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

Learn more at: calu.edu
250 University Ave.
California, PA  15419

Carlow University

Today’s knowledge economy requires new skills. At Carlow University, we help you develop these skills, start, develop and advance your career or pursue a new, exciting path, through different pathways. With options for impact skills courses, customized, and non-degree programs, and flexible scheduling, we can build a signature education that not only works for you, it also works with you.

Our self-paced Impact Skills courses include:

  • Digital Literacy for the 21st Century
  • Introduction to Data Analytics Using Tableau
  • Leadership Theory & Practice
  • Ethical Decision Making-Theory & Practice
  • Exploratory Data Analytics in R
  • Maintaining a Professional Presence
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Self-Leadership
  • Crisis Communications
  • Digital Environments Relationship Building
  • Change Management
  • Effective Communications & Conversations
  • Proactive Social Media Communications
  • Immersive Organizational Culture
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Conflict Management

Our Certificate courses include:

  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  • Autism Teaching
  • Early Childhood Supervision
  • Online Instructional Design and Technology
  • STEM Teaching
  • Cyber Threat Research & Analytics
  • Fraud and Forensics
  • Project Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Resource Management

Visit https://www.carlow.edu/College_of_Professional_Studies.aspx for more information.

Community College of Allegheny County

Since its founding in 1966, CCAC has flourished, becoming the educational powerhouse it is today—a nationally renowned two-year college dedicated to serving all members of the community. From groundbreaking student success initiatives to top-ranked academic and career-based programs, CCAC continues to be the college of choice for nearly one out of three adults in the Greater Pittsburgh metropolitan region.

Every year, more than 25,000 students enroll at CCAC, taking advantage of nearly 160 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs while thousands more access noncredit and workforce development courses. Comprising four campuses and five neighborhood centers, as well as other offsite locations, CCAC is honored to have one of the largest veteran student populations in the state and takes pride in ranking among the nation’s top community colleges for the number of individuals graduating in nursing and other health-related professions.

CCAC graduates have transferred to the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities, have obtained the most academically challenging and competitive degrees and can be found at leading companies, organizations and institutions throughout the country. CCAC alumni are actively engaged in every sector of society, providing leadership to scores of economic, scientific, civic and philanthropic entities both in the Pittsburgh region and around the world. Visit ccac.edu to learn more.

CCAC Contact Information for All Locations

Community College of Beaver County

Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), located in Monaca, PA, is focused on partnerships to create seamless educational and career pathways that support workforce and economic development throughout the region. The success of CCBC’s Aviation, Nursing and Process Technology programs and their graduates are all grounded in industry partnerships with companies like American Airlines, Heritage Valley Health Systems, Shell, BASF, Nova, and First Energy that help shape curricula, provide scholarship and other support, and create career connections for our students and alumni. CCBC has also been offering non-credit lifelong learning and personal and professional enrichment programs to our community for over 30 years. Quick to respond to industry’s needs, the College provides customized corporate training opportunities on-site for businesses as well as online courses and professional certifications for individuals in areas such as welding, waste water, EMT, technology, and business.

An aggressive partner in working with local employers seeking training funds through the state’s WEDNet and Customized Job Training Programs, CCBC has secured to-date grants totaling $774,038 and has supported training of 4,874 employees for 67 companies. CCBC has a strong history of contributions to the vitality of Beaver County and all of Southwestern Pennsylvania through innovative teaching; workforce development leadership; community, regional and statewide service; and civic engagement. As the face of Beaver County and the Pittsburgh region changes, CCBC will continue its commitment to serving as a leader and an active partner in expanding educational opportunities and shaping economic growth.

John Goberish, Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Consortium for Public Education

The Consortium for Public Education believes the future depends on a public education system that harnesses all of our region’s strengths and assets, all of its rich resources for learning. It helps K-12 schools tap these community resources to support students in imagining their futures and developing the transferrable skills they’ll need for success in an ever-changing economy. In doing so, the Consortium plays a critical role in developing our region’s workforce at the earliest level. To prepare for post-secondary education and careers, kids need to ask themselves three critical questions: Who am I? Who do I want to be? and How do I get there? The Consortium supports schools in helping their students find answers. It’s a catalyst for community partnerships that help both students and educators learn about southwestern Pennsylvania’s key industries, businesses and career opportunities as well as the region’s opportunities for post-secondary education and training.

Through Project Based Learning experiences created in the Consortium’s Student Powered Solutions program, students get to work on assignments from businesses, tackling real-world problems so that they can see the relevance of their learning and develop the soft skills they’ll need in the workplace. Through programs like The Future Is Mine (TFIM), the Consortium gives students opportunities to explore careers and build leadership skills. The Consortium also creates learning networks like the Future Ready Alliance and programs like Educator in the Workforce to bring together administrators, teachers and/or counselors for professional development opportunities that help create high-quality career learning and guidance in their schools.

Consortium for Public Education
Mary Kay Babyak
1100 Industry Rd. McKeesport, PA 15132

Edinboro University

For more than 160 years, Edinboro University has been committed to developing innovative programs to prepare students to meet the demands of an ever-changing workplace. With expected growth of 10 percent annually, animation and visual effects jobs are in high demand. Edinboro has responded with its Game and Virtual World Development track, consistently ranked among the top game design programs in Pennsylvania. Students combine coursework in computer science and physics, with art courses such as three-dimensional design and computer animation, to prepare for a variety of careers such as game developers and engineers, game programmers and modeling, and simulation development.

That level of innovation can be found across the University, in programs like nursing, education, financial planning and more. Edinboro’s five colleges and schools and more than 100 majors and minors provide everything today’s students need to succeed. The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. Students prepare for careers through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel and internships. Edinboro has nearly 3,000 alumni in the city of Pittsburgh alone. 115 of them serve in senior or executive leadership roles in business, education and marketing/advertising. Edinboro has one of the largest art departments in the state. In fact, many of its graphic design graduates live and work in Pittsburgh. Edinboro is completely dedicated to student success, promising the attention, careful advising and state-of-the-art facilities necessary to ensure students achieve their goals and exceed their own expectations.

Ms. Monica Clem
Edinboro University
Executive Director, Career Development & Experiential Learning
(814) 732-1460

RLA Learning & Conference Center

The Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) is a nonprofit learning, training, and conference center specifically designed to build a better workforce for our region. We bring together higher education, industry, and other partners to hold over 1,500 training events each year for more than 400 organizations in virtually every regional industry. We specialize in creating the very best learning environment and location for professional development whether it is for executives, vocational, skilled, or unskilled labor. Our 7-member university’s offer undergraduate and graduate degree (and non-degree) programs on our campus, custom-created for working professionals. Our 28 meeting and training rooms are purpose-designed, offering flexible space to accommodate the goal of each learning event. The RLA, is a collaborative organization, bringing people together to accomplish our mission and prepare the workforce for the future of the region’s economy.

Kristina L. Smith
Director of Business Development
RLA Learning and Conference Center
850 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Thiel College

With five new programs and Thiel College’s welcoming and supportive community, it’s an exciting time for students at Thiel. The College’s new and innovative Environmental Safety Management degree is the only one in Pennsylvania with environmental science at its core. Students blend what is best of its nationally-recognized business department with foundations in environmental science.

The program opens the door for Thiel graduates to capitalize on growing market opportunities forecasted for Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has put that trio among the top five states expected to see the greatest job growth in the field. Environmental Safety Management graduates will be prepared for successful careers in a field with forecasted growth and high-earning potential. National labor statistics predict the industry will grow between 8-11% by 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Students can also choose from new programs in Sports Management, Health Systems, Exercise Science and Equestrian Studies or select from one of the College’s other 60-plus majors and minors. Thiel’s Career Development Center connects students in all academic pursuits to an extensive database of internship opportunities and engaged network of 15,000-plus alumni. Thiel is one of the top two most affordable private colleges in Pa., according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. Thiel joins Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Princeton University as a Dietrich Foundation institution.

For more information, contact Thiel College at admissions@thiel.edu or 800-24-THIEL.

University of Pittsburgh

Whether you're seeking a promotion, need continuing education credits, or interested in a complete career change, the University of Pittsburgh offers numerous programs to help you achieve what's next. Pitt has 14 graduate and professional schools with a wide variety of certificates and degrees. From a certificate in cyber security, to a master of business administration, to any number of highly-ranked programs in the health sciences, the University of Pittsburgh provides resources to help our students engage in the University community and succeed. Given our strong connection to the City of Pittsburgh, Pitt students gain outstanding professional experience working as partners on projects throughout the city. You will add value to your organization through leadership and practice, and with more than 324,000 Pitt alumni worldwide, you will exponentially grow your network.

Contact Info

William T. Valenta, Jr.

Associate Vice Provost for Professional Programs

Skilled Trades Partners

Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters

The Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters is committed to providing the next generation for construction professionals the tools and resources they need to succeed in demanding and highly competitive business. We represent more than 43,000 hardworking men and women across our extensive territory.  Our jurisdiction spans the states of New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and ten counties in North Carolina and the District of Columbia. Our crafts include commercial and residential construction, floor covering, interior systems, mill-cabinetry, pile driving, underwater welding and more.

Workforce development and training are the central focus of our union. Keeping up with the demands of today’s construction industry means working collaboratively with employers and manufacturers to create cutting edge training programs. Our members are not only trained in the latest in cutting edge technology, but they also learn communication and leadership skills. By developing a well-rounded skill set for our members, we can create a workforce that is ready to meet the challenges of an evolving industry with productive results.

Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council encourages anyone looking for a lifelong career, where everyone earns equal pay for equal work and can retire with dignity, to consider joining us.

650 Ridge Rd., Suite 200 | Pittsburgh, PA 15205 
Phone: 412-922-6200
Facebook @KMLcarpenters
Instagram @kmlcouncilcarpenters
Twitter @KMLcarpenters

National Electrical Contractors Association, Western PA Chapter (NECA)

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the association of qualified, reliable, and experienced union electrical contractors working in Western PA. 

Whether high-voltage power transmission or low-voltage building automation, electrical contractors ensure these systems work in a safe, effective, and environmentally-sound manner. NECA contractors build everything from your neighborhood restaurants to skyscrapers, stadiums, and nuclear power plants. They work in hospitals, universities, industrial facilities, and essentially anywhere that needs electricity.

NECA contractors employ the most highly-trained and skilled Journeyman Electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) through a labor-management agreement that ensures tradesmen and women are afforded family-sustaining wages & benefits, safe working conditions, and the most advanced apprenticeship training available. 

The NECA-IBEW Apprenticeship Program is a five-year paid apprenticeship program that combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Apprentices are paid an hourly wage and receive union benefits starting immediately, with annual pay raises aligned with progression through the program. The NECA-IBEW team covers all tuition costs, so students are not responsible for financing their education. 

Click here to learn more about the NECA-IBEW Apprenticeship Program: https://electricaltrainingalliance.org/ 

Connect with Western PA NECA online at www.wpaneca.com or on Twitter/Instagram @WPANECA

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings

Protective coatings are everywhere. They protect the planes, trains and automobiles we use. They help to keep iconic bridges standing, drinking water clean, and homes supplied with gas. They protect ships on the oceans and barges on the rivers. They help militaries defend countries. They provide a thin layer between a pristine landscape and an environmental disaster.

Industries look to SSPC for training and guidance on how protective coatings are used, from choosing the right coating for the job to successfully preparing the surface and applying the coating, often in challenging environments. 

The SSPC family includes a worldwide network of protective coatings experts who care deeply about what they do: Craftworkers like blasters and painters, as well as corporate executives, engineers, inspectors and lab technicians. The SSPC community represents a broad spectrum of the workforce with a diverse set of skills who value SSPC because we provide them with a platform to engage each other, advance the industry and propel their careers.

Everything we do is designed to benefit the users and providers of protective coatings products and services. From globally recognized industry standards and technical publications to professional certification programs, our mission is: “To inspire learning, advance knowledge, and elevate performance in the industry through training, certification, and education of the workforce, communication of advances in technology, and promotion of the use of protective coatings.”

Learn more about SSPC and how you can start a career as a blaster or painter in the coatings industry by visiting www.sspc.org.

SSPC World Headquarters
800 Trumbull Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone: 412-281-2331 or 877-281-7772
Email: customerservice@sspc.org
Web: www.sspc.org

United Union of Roofers Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 37

The United Union of Roofers Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 37 Pittsburgh, PA is committed to providing highly trained and skilled Journeyman Roofers to our signatory contractors, so as to install the roofing and waterproofing systems on commercial and industrial buildings, through the recruitment and training of qualified Journeyman, Apprentices and Allied Workers within the twenty counties of southwestern Pennsylvania for which we have jurisdiction.

As a member of Roofers Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 37 you gain a voice of many, and you have the protection of a contract and dignity on the job. In addition, you’ll find lots of benefits, including: competitive wages, Health Insurance, two pension plans, and an Annuity plan.

Members of Roofers Waterproofers Local 37 receive the most comprehensive and up to date training for the Roofing and Waterproofing Industry including: Safety Training, OSHA 30, Fall Protection, ICRA, CERTA, Built-up Roofing & Waterproofing, Single-ply Roofing & Waterproofing, Modified Bitumen Roofing & Waterproofing, and Air Barrier Systems, through our Journeyman Apprenticeship Training Fund there is no cost for training whether you are a Journeyman or an Apprentice.

To learn more about becoming a member, please contact us at:

United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 37
230 Lincoln Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15202 | www.rooferslocal37.com
Apprenticeship: 412 732 9720 | local37jac@aol.com
Journeyman & Allied Worker: 412 766 5360 | roofers.local37@verizon.net