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Secretary Hearthway and Staff Visit Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; Begin “L&I on the Road’’

For Immediate Release

Oct. 31, 2013


Secretary Hearthway and Staff Visit Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; Begin “L&I on the Road’’


Erie – 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.


During 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 Speaker Series.


“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 wants one.”


While 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 university.


“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 Show.


Media Contact: Sara Goulet, 717-979-7462​



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