For Immediate Release
Oct. 31, 2013
Secretary Hearthway and Staff Visit Edinboro University of
Pennsylvania; Begin “L&I on the Road’’
– Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Secretary
Julia Hearthway today met with faculty and students at Edinboro University of
Pennsylvania to kick-off a two-day tour through northwestern Pennsylvania and
discuss the department's latest initiatives and services available to job
seekers, employers and students.
the first day of L&I on the Road, Hearthway
was joined by the Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) deputy
secretaries for Workforce Development, Workers Compensation and the Office of
Vocational Rehabilitation, all of whom participated in Edinboro’s Distinguished
“This is the first L&I on the Road,” Hearthway said. “It
provides a tremendous opportunity for L&I to let the people in Northwestern
Pennsylvania know about the diverse services we offer, and how we work every
day to further Governor Corbett’s goal of a job for every Pennsylvanian who
visiting Edinboro, Hearthway
and deputy secretaries Michelle Staton, Gene Connell and Steve Suroviec
discussed the role the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) plays in the
state government system, what each deputy secretary’s responsibilities are, and
what programs the department has available to help citizens lead more
productive, successful lives.
The panel of L&I’s
senior staff took questions from more than 70 business students at the
“The goal was to
give college students a look at not only what our diverse department does, but
what our careers look like,” Hearthway said. “We hope that we removed some of
the mystery associated with government work and gave these students an
insider’s look at what might be a tremendous career path for them.”
L&I staff also toured Edinboro’s campus with special emphasis on
the school’s accommodations for students with disabilities. Edinboro is considered
one of the top five most accessible colleges in the country. L&I houses the
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the state’s lead agency for providing
employment and independent living services to people with disabilities.
“By providing an accessible campus, Edinboro University empowers
students with disabilities with the necessary assistance and resources to
achieve their individual career goals and secure their ability to live
productive and independent lives,” Hearthway said.
Prior to the
Edinboro visit, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Michelle Staton visited
the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership’s Lead Team.
During Staton’s visit, she detailed the workforce initiatives L&I
has underway, in particular, JobGatewaySM,
the state’s premier job-matching system that matches job seekers with employers
looking for talent.
For more information on L&I on the Road and other L&I
initiatives, visit dli.state.pa.us/Road Show.
Media Contact: Sara Goulet, 717-979-7462