News for Immediate Release
May 16, 2014
State Agencies Recognize Seven Pennsylvanians for Workforce Success
Harrisburg – The Governor’s Achievement Award was presented
recently to seven Pennsylvanians who have benefited from workforce development
initiatives in the state. The presentations took place during the 30th Annual
Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Employment, Training and
Education Conference, at the Hershey Lodge.
“These individuals are role models for all Pennsylvanians,” said
Governor Tom Corbett. “Their determination and commitment to succeed are
incredibly admirable and I applaud each of them for their accomplishments and
wish them continued success.”
The awards are jointly sponsored by state workforce development
agencies – the departments of Aging, Labor & Industry and Public Welfare –
and the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association.
“Pennsylvania’s workforce is stronger with employees such as those we
are honoring today,” said Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway.
“Their determination and work ethic stands as an inspiration to the
commonwealth and they are an asset to their communities.”
Hearthway was represented at the awards ceremony by Michelle Staton,
deputy secretary for workforce development.
“The courageous journeys that these individuals took toward
self-sufficiency are models for all Pennsylvanians,” said Public Welfare
Secretary Beverly Mackereth. “I applaud their resiliency and determination, and
congratulate them on their hard work and the positive example they have set for
others in their communities.”
Mackereth was represented at the awards ceremony by Matt McLees,
director of the Office of Income Maintenance’s Bureau of Policy.
“We extend our most sincere gratitude to older employees for providing
their experience and expertise to make each day a success for their employers,
and congratulate older Pennsylvanians re-entering the workforce,” Secretary of
Aging Brian Duke said. “We congratulate older Pennsylvanians who find
employment as a result of the training they receive through the Department’s
Senior Community Service Employment Program.”
Duke was represented at the awards ceremony by David Gingerich, Deputy
Secretary for Aging.
The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association, the voice of the
Pennsylvania workforce investment system and a clearinghouse for workforce
development information statewide, sponsors this annual conference, which
attracts more than 800 private and public job-training experts from across
Sara Goulet, L&I; 717-787-7530
Christina Reese, Aging; 717-787-1549
Kait Gillis, Public Welfare;
Editor’s Note: Following is a list of award recipients.
Department of Labor & Industry and Pennsylvania Workforce
Youth Program Participant
Kathryn Foore, Mercer County, nominated by West
Central Job Partnership
Leon Johnston, Allegheny County, nominated by
Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Katherine Lashley, Allegheny County, nominated
by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
PWDA WIB Excellence Award
Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board,
Department of Aging
Outstanding Senior Community Service
Employment Program Participant
Carolyn Mull, Northumberland County, nominated
by The Northumberland County Area Agency on Aging
Department of Public Welfare
EARN Program Participant Awards
Mark Mullin, Northampton County, nominated by
Northampton Count EARN program and Lehigh Valley Workforce Board, Inc.
Kayce Gregory, Crawford County, nominated by St.
Benedict Education Center – Crawford County EARN program and Northwest
Workforce Investment Board
Dortha Bartko-McGowan, Greene County, nominated
by Washington Greene County Job Training Agency, Inc. – EARN program and
Southwest Corner Workforce Investment Board