Recent News

3RWIB is regularly featured in newspaper and blog articles, television news, and radio segments.

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Nov 29, 2016US Conference of Mayors

Simcoach, 3RWIB Launch Video Game to Connect Job Seekers to Tech-Related Careers

US Conference of Mayors announce the Booey's: A Ghost's Code video game to assess aptitudes critical to careers in technology.

Nov 21, 2016Pittsburgh Business Times

INDUSTRY NEWS TECHNOLOGY Simcoach, 3RWIB launch video game to connect job seekers to tech-related careers

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board and Simcoach Games on Monday announced the release of a free video game aimed to connect people to potential careers in the region’s technology-related fields.

Nov 21, 2016

3RWIB, Simcoach Games partner on video to connect job seekers to tech-fields

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) and Simcoach Games proudly announce the release of a video game aimed to expose and connect people to potential careers in the region’s technology-related fields.

Nov 18, 2016The Associated Press via Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Demand huge for new law allowing Pennsylvanians to seal criminal records

The Associated Press coverage of Expungement Day.

Nov 14, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For those guilty of certain misdemeanors, today is ’Expungement Day’

“Expungement Day” activities today in Pittsburgh aim to assist people whose past criminal convictions might have served as a barrier to housing or employment.

Oct 30, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ex-offenders want to prove themselves in the workplace

Cheers to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor Bill Peduto for pressing the business community to open doors to re-entering citizens.

Oct 25, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Public, community leaders urge employers to give ex-inmates a chance

A host of government and community leaders pressed Allegheny County employers Monday to consider job applicants with criminal backgrounds, joining a national push led by the White House.

Sep 7, 2016WESA-FM

Free Course To Offer Trade Job Skills As Development Increases Demand

Residents of the Hill District, Uptown and West Oakland will soon qualify for a free course that could help lead to union jobs through the Community College of Allegheny County. The course will help those seeking a union apprenticeship refresh the math skills needed for an interview.

Aug 19, 2016PRI's The World

For these families in Pittsburgh, teens' summer jobs make more than just pocket money

Sixteen-year-old Vishal Kharel is spending the summer restoring trails in a large county park in Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs. As he digs a ditch, he describes his actions to the other teenagers on the crew.

Aug 18, 2016Pittsburgh Business Times

3RWIB CFO announced in Pittsburgh Business Times

Ray Herron, 3RWIB CFO, announced in Pittsburgh Business Times.

Jul 20, 2016NEXT Pittsburgh

Local teens use 3-D printing to give children in need a usable hand

Ten children in war-torn countries who are missing all or part of their hands are now able to hold a cup, open a door, and pick an apple, thanks to small hands created by Allegheny County youth.

Jul 7, 2016New Pittsburgh Courier

Feds award $1.4 million for ex-offender career training

To help local businesses access untapped pools of skilled talent, the US Department of Labor has awarded Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board nearly $1.4 million to train and connect residents involved with the criminal justice system to opportunities in high-demand industries.

Jul 5, 2016Pittsburgh Business Times

DOL grant enabling workforce investment board to train locals in work-release programs

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $1.4 million to the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board. In partnership with the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative, 3RWIB will offer men and women in work release programs or home confinement the opportunity to participate in a two-year career pathway training program that meets the needs of local industry.

Jul 2, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Seeking tech jobs, foreign workers face barriers in Pittsburgh

Guillermo Jose, a 40-year-old information systems professional with four master’s degrees and an interminable resume, radiates confidence that he has what it takes to bring big data to health care, finance and human resources.

Jun 30, 2016WESA-FM

Science Center's Fab Lab workshop offers hands-on 3-D printing experience

The Fab Lab at the Carnegie Science Center is using its 3-D printer to make prosthetic hands. The “e-Nable the Future” program allowed visitors to take part in a workshop utilizing this technology.

Jun 25, 2016Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Project prints prosthetic hands for kids in need

Kyle Gramling's favorite place in Pittsburgh growing up was the Carnegie Science Center. The Peters native said despite not fully understanding everything he saw there, he was always amazed by its “wow factor.”

Jun 25, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Workforce investment board receives Labor Department grant

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board will receive nearly $1.4 million from the federal government to serve individuals in impoverished and high-crime areas. The grant was one of 16 awards totaling $21.2 million announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor that aim to offer prisoners in a state or local work release program an opportunity to participate in a career pathway program that helps meet the needs of local employers.

May 3, 2016WPXI-TV

Summer Youth Employment Manager Laura Salle talks Learn and Earn with WPXI-TV

Learn and Earn Manager Laura Saulle discusses summer youth employment in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County with WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh!

Apr 26, 2016South Pittsburgh Reporter

'Summer of Learn and Earn' to employ 2,000 youths for second year

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County youths seeking summer jobs may apply for the region’s second “Summer of Learn and Earn” program.

Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) have joined together to match 2,000 youths aged 14 to 21 with summer jobs that position them for later careers. The program will employ 1,300 youths ages 14 to 21 from the City of Pittsburgh and 700 more from Allegheny County, providing participants with personal development opportunities, while also assisting the long-term growth of Pittsburgh-area employers.

Apr 18, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Program will help youth find summer jobs in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Youths seeking summer jobs in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County will be able to apply, starting Tuesday, for the second annual “Summer of Learn and Earn” program.

Apr 14, 2016Pittsburgh Tribune Review

High-tech help hard to find for Uber in Pittsburgh

One of the chief challenges at Uber's Advanced Technology Center in the Strip District, aside from perfecting self-driving cars, is finding people to work there.

Mar 30, 2016Pittsurgh Post-Gazette

UPMC to boost starting wage to $15 an hour over next five years

UPMC health system announced Tuesday that it will boost its entry-level wage to $15 an hour over the next five years, a $3-an-hour hike that puts the Pittsburgh region’s largest employer in line with a growing national trend to raise minimum wages.

Mar 16, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh-area unemployment stays flat at 4.8 percent

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Pittsburgh area stalled at 4.8 percent in January, the same rate at December but down from 5 percent in November.

Mar 7, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Workforce development agencies worried over state's training requirements

As Pennsylvania gears up to finalize its most significant update to workforce funding priorities in nearly two decades, the local agencies tasked with rolling out the new law are worried that critical services could be at risk.

Feb 5, 2016AT&T

AT&T Contributes More Than $315,000 in 2015 to Support Educational Programs in Pennsylvania

AT&T contributed more than $315,000 to support education-related projects across Pennsylvania, including 15 contributions for regional and statewide programs as part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropy initiative to promote student success in school and beyond.

Jan 24, 2016Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tribune Review Business Gallery: Jan. 24, 2016

Stefani J. Pashman, chief executive officer, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board; and Dmitri D. Shiry, managing partner, Deloitte LLP; both were appointed as directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Pittsburgh Branch

Jan 15, 2016Pittsburgh Business Times

Cleveland Fed appoints Williams chair of Pittsburgh branch board

Doris Carson Williams, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania, has been appointed chair of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Pittsburgh branch for 2016. Williams has served on the board since 2014.

Also appointed as directors are Stefani Pashman, CEO, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, and Dmitri Shiry, managing partner, Deloitte LLP.

Jan 14, 2016NEXTpittsburgh

Pittsburgh Regional Diversity Survey confirms what many know: Pittsburgh has diversity issues

According to the results of the Pittsburgh Regional Diversity Survey, minorities in the area have a very different perception of how diverse the region is compared to their white counterparts. And this comes as no surprise to the survey’s creators.

Jan 13, 2016New Pittsburgh Courier

Pittsburgh Regional Diversity Survey report released

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with Pittsburgh Today, Vibrant Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, today released the Pittsburgh Regional Diversity Survey which highlights views on diversity in the workplace and in communities.

Jan 13, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Study finds Pittsburgh lags in promoting diversity

Consider this statement: “The Pittsburgh region is a place that welcomes and embraces racially and ethnically diverse people.”
According to a report released Wednesday by local advocacy organizations, 76 percent of white residents agree that sentiment is true.
But conversely — and alarming to a panel of workforce experts — only 29 percent of African Americans believe the same.

Jan 13, 2016Pittsburgh Business Times

Survey reports on diversity in Pittsburgh region

Only one out of four residents say the region is very diverse and less than 40 percent of minority residents say they feel welcome here, according to the Pittsburgh Regional Diversity Survey released Wednesday.

Dec 30, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh-area unemployment falls to 5 percent in November

With more people employed and in the workforce, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Pittsburgh area sank to 5 percent in November, down from 5.2 percent in October, according to state numbers released on Wednesday.

Dec 3, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PIttsburgh jobless rate dips 5.2 percent in October

With a larger labor force and more jobs on the payroll, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Pittsburgh area sank to 5.2 percent in October, down from 5.3 percent in September, according to state numbers released on Thursday.

Nov 11, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Funding for unemployed vets announced

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) has new funding to help unemployed vets in the region.

Nov 11, 2015WESA-FM

New Initiative Seeks To Streamline Veteran Jobs Programs

A new initiative will aim to reduce the number of jobless veterans in the region by coordinating existing job services for veterans with companies looking to hire.

Nov 10, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Program aims to stem the tide of long-term unemployment

A series of life-altering events — the kind that most people confront over an extended time — hit Cyndy Glynn all at once.

Her position as director of marketing at a medical device company in Cleveland was eliminated. She moved back to Pittsburgh to take care of her ailing mother, who passed away shortly thereafter. Then, she was faced with the prospect of finding another job as her unemployment benefits ran out.

Nov 10, 2015

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board awarded $500,000 for regional veterans’ initiative

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) recently was awarded $500,000 to provide enhanced career services and work-based trainings to the region’s unemployed veterans.

Nov 4, 2015PRWeb

Auberle to receive statewide recognition

On Thursday, November 5 Auberle‘s Employment Institute will be named Community Based Program of the Year by Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judge’s Commission. John Lydon, Auberle Chief Executive Officer, will attend the ceremony to accept the award. This distinction recognizes the life changing outcomes that Auberle’s workforce development programming is able to accomplish with juvenile court involved youth. While the program serves any youth ages 16-24, the Community Based Program of the Year award recognizes Auberle’s ability to help youth with significant barriers to educational attainment and successful employment.

Oct 31, 2015The Bulletin

Garfield Jubilee embraces online education

Through funding from 3RWIB, Smart Horizons Career Online Education to offer PIttsburgh residents the opportunity to earn high school diplomas and entry-level career certificates.

Oct 16, 2015PIttsburgh Post-Gazette

Our programs help people reconnect with careers

The Pittsburgh region is fortunate to have many passionate people and excellent programs and services available to help those looking for a job — from soft skills training and GED preparation to mock interviews and networking opportunities.

Oct 16, 2015WESA-FM

State Unemployment Remains Just Above National Average

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in September, down a tenth of a percentage point from August, according to numbers released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor and Industry.

Oct 9, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

New program looks to reconnect Pittsburgh's unemployed with jobs

More than 12,000 Allegheny County residents last year exhausted their unemployment benefits, and about one-fourth of adult dislocated workers in the county are at risk of exhausting their benefits

Looking to give job seekers a leg up, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board is working to bring a national program to Pittsburgh to help long-term unemployed residents reconnect to the workforce. Known as Platform to Employment, the program, which began in southwest Connecticut in 2011, has shown to be effective, getting between 80 percent and 90 percent of participants re-employed following the eight-week program. Pittsburgh will be the 15th city to adopt P2E.

Oct 8, 2015KDKA-TV

New Apps Help Young People Train For That First Job Interview

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Ask any employer, and they’ll tell you young people often have a big problem at job interviews.
“They’re first time in a job interview situation. They’re new. They’re nervous. They don’t know how to behave,” says Vera Krofcheck with the 3 Rivers Workforce Investment Board, a non-profit that brings job-seekers together with employers.

Oct 8, 2015

Pittsburgh out-of-school youth to receive career-focused scholarships through Garfield Jubilee Association and Smart Horizons Career Online Education

October 8, 2015, Pittsburgh, PA—Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first AdvancED/SACS accredited private online school district, announced today a partnership with Garfield Jubilee Association (GJA) to offer Pittsburgh, PA, residents the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and entry-level career certificates through Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School (COHS). As a part of the partnership, COHS scholarships will be provided to Pittsburgh-area residents through the 3Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) and a citywide collaboration between the City of Pittsburgh, Community College of Allegheny, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Oct 8, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

This video game helps youth prepare for the workforce

Interns from the summer Learn and Earn program are paying it forward in a way, helping other young people prepare for their first work experience.

Oct 6, 2015

3RWIB and Simcoach Games proud to release professional video game suite

PITTSBURGH (Oct. 6, 2015) — Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) and Simcoach Games proudly announce the release of three mini-games aimed to teach and reinforce work-readiness skills to young job seekers.

Oct 1, 2015

3 Rivers Workforce Investment Board brings national program to reconnect long-term unemployed with the workforce

PITTSBURGH (Oct. 1, 2015) — Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) announced that it has brought a nationally celebrated program to reconnect Allegheny County’s long-term unemployed with the workforce.

Oct 1, 2015WESA-FM

Putting Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work in Pittsburgh

The longer you are unemployed, the harder it is to find a job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board announced Thursday a program geared specifically to the long-term unemployed will soon be available in Pittsburgh.

Sep 24, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Experts say senior caregivers need more training, compensation

Caregiver training, retention and compensation are among the pressing issues facing a region that has among the highest percentages of elderly people in the country, health care experts said Thursday.

Sep 11, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Struggling to make ends meet

What keeps Stephen Jackson up nights is how his decision to attend college may wind up hurting his mother.

Sep 5, 2015Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Part-time hours fail to fill full-time need

A troubling question plagued Kathy Clark this past spring: How do you find a job at 61 years old?

Clark, a Squirrel Hill resident and former United Methodist Church pastor, lost her position as a charitable fundraiser in layoffs at a humanitarian aid organization. At first, with 36 years in nonprofit and faith-based sectors and two degrees, Clark felt optimistic she would find a comparable full-time position.

Except that she didn't.

Aug 27, 2015New Pittsburgh Courier

LEAD program advocates meet to update, refine goals

As part of his work to combat the disparate effects of the “war on drugs,” Institute of the Black World founder Ron Daniels said he believes the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program can impact Black crime and policing’s “broken relationship with the community.”

Aug 21, 2015WESA-FM

Through The New 'Learn And Earn' Program, Students Gain A Broad Set Of Workplace Skills

It's the last week of the Learn and Earn program, and Anthony Zabiegalski, a producer at Simcoach Games, is prepping his 26 interns to test out a video game they helped build. Over the last six weeks, the interns have worked alongside developers and designers.

Jul 24, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Community internship program customized for youths

In 2014, more than 1,300 young people applied for jobs in Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program, but there were only 500 positions available.

Jul 24, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Companies preparing for ‘silver tsunami’

What’s been dubbed “the sliver tsunami” is a national issue, with the oldest of the 75 million baby boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — set to turn 69 this year.

Jul 15, 2015WESA-FM

Peduto "damn proud" of teens in summer Learn and Earn program

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said Tuesday that he gets “a little emotional” when he talks about the city’s summer employment program for teenagers and young adults.

Jul 14, 2015

Mayor Peduto, local officials, AT&T highlight Learn and Earn

PITTSBURGH, PA (JULY 14, 2015) — Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto today joined local educators and other officials to highlight the “Summer of Learn and Earn” program and announce support from AT&T.

Jul 11, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Learn and Earn program gives summer jobs and life-long skills

Brian White, a rising senior at Westinghouse High School in Homewood, spent part of Thursday morning teaching a software engineer and a game developer how to play the board game “Jobopoly.”

Jul 7, 2015Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh on track to end year with surplus, possibly as much as $5M, Lamb says

Pittsburgh is operating within its budget so far this year, and revenue is outpacing expenditures at a rate that will generate a $1 million to $5 million surplus, Controller Michael Lamb said Tuesday.

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Jun 23, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

3RWIB Youth Policy Council member named "Fast Tracker" by Pittsburgh Business Times

Kenya Boswell, president of the BNY Mellon Foundation of SWPA and 3RWIB Youth Policy Council member, named a "Fast Tracker" by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Jun 18, 2015WESA-FM

$1.1 million announced for teen summer STEM jobs

Local leaders announced $1.1 million in STEM funding for paid internships benefiting low-income, at-risk youth at a meeting Downtown on Thursday.

Jun 18, 2015Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Allegheny County given $1.1M to boost youth initiative

Nearly $1.1 million in federal money will help expand a fledgling program in Allegheny County aimed at providing more summer jobs for young people, officials said Thursday.

Jun 18, 2015

STEM-focused Summer Youth Employment Pilot Launched in Connection with Learn and Earn

To capitalize and expand on the success of Learn and Earn, the summer youth employment initiative, state Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino announced nearly $1.1 million in funding to pilot a set of diverse STEM initiatives for opportunity youth.

Jun 15, 2015Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Mentoring course opens doors to 'urban poor' in Pittsburgh

Rashad Roberts loved lifeguarding at city pools, but it was tough paying bills on a salary of $19,400.

Jermaine Chatman earned less than $20,000 annually working for a landscaping company, but his prison record dogged him when he applied unsuccessfully for something that paid more.

Jun 12, 2015Politics PA

Politics PA

Politics PA provided a preview of a segment of KD/PG Sunday Edition in which Stefani Pashman, 3RWIB CEO, takes a close look at the Pittsburgh region’s economy and employment situation. Where are the jobs – and what’s being done - to make sure the population is effectively trained, to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow. The television segment aired June 14, 2015.

Jun 8, 2015Essential Pittsburgh - 90.5 WESA-FM

Essential Pittsburgh: The Summer of 'Learn And Earn' Puts Youth To Work

Mayor Peduto's office and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board have declared the summer of 2015 as one where the youth of Pittsburgh should prepare to "Learn and Earn" through an increased dedication to placing them in meaningful summer jobs. Stefani Pashman, Chief Executive Officer at the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, joins us to outline the joint plan for a productive summer.

Jun 4, 2015Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Summer jobs program in Western PA help youths find place in workforce

Kia Tyler had just wrapped her freshman year at Slippery Rock University last spring when she took on a life-changing responsibility: She became the primary caretaker of three young nephews.

Jun 1, 2015Vibrant Pittsburgh

3RWIB Project Assistant announced in VP newsletter

Regina Omlor, 3RWIB's newest project assistant, was announced in the June edition of the Vibrant Pittsburgh newsletter.

May 29, 2015

How to improve yout talent pipeline

3RWIB's Director of Business Solutions Scott Hudson authored the content for this Citizens Bank sponsored space in the Pittsburgh Business Times.

May 25, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

#LetsMakeASEEN: Summer of Learn and Earn

Do you remember your first summer job? Whether it was babysitting, mowing grass or scooping ice cream, the experience most likely gave you the self-discipline and motivation to continue working hard and learning.

May 22, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Teen summer job program aimed at low-income youth in Allegheny County

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board has partnered with the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to offer a new teen summer job program.

May 11, 201590.5 WESA-FM

Local Businesses Lack Interest in Learn and Earn Initiative

Around 2,000 young people have applied for the Learn and Earn program, which connects teens and young adults to six-week paid summer internships, but employers don’t seem as interested.

Apr 30, 2015National Fund for Workforce Solutions

National Fund for Workforce Solutions features Pittsburgh Works initiative

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS) has selected the Pittsburgh Works Material Science Industry Partnership for the Partners Council Award for Exemplary Industry Partnership. In addition, the NFWS has featured the Pittsburgh Works Talent Bank in its monthly e-newsletter.

Apr 24, 2015KDKA-TV

Addition of Local Jobs Means Good News for College Grads

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The certainty of college life this time of year gives way to the unknown of the future.

Apr 13, 2015South Pittsburgh Reporter

Applications now available for city and county Learn and Earn

Applications for the 2015 Learn and Earn program are now available online. Completed applications for the summer youth employment initiative must be submitted in person by April 30 at various locations throughout the county and city.

Apr 13, 2015Pennsylvania Business Daily

Learn and Earn initiative invites youth applications

Area youth can benefit from summer opportunities through the 2015 Learn and Earn program, a joint effort of Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Apr 10, 2015PIttsburgh Business Times

Looking to hire? 3RWIB will pay to train your new employees

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board has an influx of state funds set expire at the end of June and its looking for employers to take advantage of its On-the-Job training program.

Mar 24, 2015Pennsylvania Business Daily

Peduto releases nominees for boards, commissions

Following a February call for volunteers to fill seats on Pittsburgh’s boards and commissions, Mayor William Peduto announced a diverse list of nominees Friday.

Mar 20, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Work opportunity: The entire community wins when people have jobs

A good job can cure assorted ills. Crime. Poverty. Despair.

Yet the Pittsburgh region is behind its peers in spreading chances for employment around, according to U.S. Census and state data, and that has the business community and others concerned.

Mar 11, 2015New Pittsburgh Courier

Diversity report gives region poor grades

Last week, The Workforce Diversity Indicators Initiative released a report outlining minority participation in the Pittsburgh metro area employment market. The title says it all: “Behind The Times, The limited role of minorities in the greater Pittsburgh workforce.”

Mar 10, 2015Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Federal program focusing on filling tech jobs to permeate Pittsburgh

A federal program designed to spur training for high-tech jobs and boost stagnant wages in the country's improving economy could help bridge the gap between the Pittsburgh region's growing technology sector and the workforce needed to sustain it, officials said.

Mar 6, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Study: Minorities in Pittsburgh region dominate low-wage jobs

Ever since the British defeated the French and the Indians then changed the name of Fort Duquesne to Fort Pitt, the vast majority of the population of Pittsburgh has been white.

Mar 6, 2015The Pitt News

Workforce diversity report shows room for improvement

Pittsburgh’s work force is not diverse, a new report shows, but its authors expressed a need for the city to improve.

Mar 5, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Report highlights lack of diversity in Pittsburgh's workforce

With minorities comprising only 11 percent of the workforce in the Pittsburgh metropolitan statistical area, when it comes to diversity the region is lagging behind, according to a report released Thursday.

Mar 4, 2015The New Pittsburgh Courier

‘The Bus’ joins drive for youth employment

Last year, the City of Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program had 500 openings. More than 1,300 youths applied.

Feb 27, 2015The Pitt News

Service workers demand higher wages at panel

They talked and, later, chanted, but they knew it wasn’t enough.
Roughly 200 service workers — including janitors, security guards, fast food workers, students, professors and community members — gathered in the O’Hara Student Center on Thursday at 5 p.m. to hear a panel of workers and experts discuss wage inequality in Pittsburgh, organizers said. The panel was organized by Pitt, the local 32BJ branch of the Service Employees International Union and a local branch of Fight for $15, a national organization.

Feb 27, 2015PA Workforce Development Association

Steelers great Jerome Bettis joins 3RWIB, the city and the county, in the push for summer jobs

Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and 3RWIB have announced an ambitious initiative launched to connect 2,000 young people to summer jobs in 2015.

Feb 26, 2015KDKA-TV

Bettis’s Foundation Launching Summer Work Program For Pittsburgh Youth

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Jerome Bettis earned spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame by running over would be tacklers, but his first job was with the City of Detroit in its police cadet program.

Feb 26, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jerome Bettis: Pittsburgh’s young people need to know the world of work

As one of the Steel City’s proudest adopted sons, I’m always looking for ways to give back to Pittsburgh, the big-hearted, fair-minded city whose willingness to give a fair shot to anyone willing to earn their keep helped open so many doors of opportunity for me.

Feb 26, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers great Bettis joins city, county in push to fund teen summer jobs

Since he took office last year, Mayor Bill Peduto has been pushing to expand the city's 30-year-old summer youth employment program to accommodate everyone who wants a job.

Feb 25, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Bettis joins city, county leaders to push for youth

The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are calling on the region's businesses to help employ 2,000 youths this summer, and they have recruited former Pittsburgh Steeler and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis to assist.

Feb 25,

Bettis: "It changed my life"

A summer job made a difference in Jerome Bettis’ life and he is hoping to help make a difference in the lives of youth in Pittsburgh.

Feb 25, 2015WPXI-TV

Jerome Bettis joins city leaders to launch new teen summer job program

Jerome Bettis joins city, county leaders and Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board in the Summer Learn and Earn initiative.

Feb 25, 2015WPXI-TV

Jerome Bettis joins leaders in push for summer jobs for youth

This series of photos captures images from the Feb. 25, 2015, joint press conference announcing the Summer Learn and Earm initative with Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Jerome Bettis and Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Feb 25, 2015

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis Joins Pittsburgh Region Leaders To Back New Summer Jobs Effort

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board and others seek to employ 2,000 youth through “Summer of Learn and Earn”

Feb 20, 2015Pennsylvania RealEstateRama

Property service workers, students, staff, lawmakers host a vigil to say goodbye to unfair conditions

A vigil is normally held to mourn the life of a person who is deceased. On Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7 p.m., a coalition of supporters hosted a vigil to say goodbye to unfair conditions for 400 University of Pittsburgh property service workers. More than 100 workers, students, staffers, and lawmakers from City Council called on the university to do what is right and fair. The vigil took place at the Pitt Student Union, Forbes Avenue under the Litchfield Towers.

Feb 20, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Region to add 18k jobs in '15

Nearly half of the jobs Pittsburgh will add to the economy this year will require some form of higher education, according to an analysis by the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Feb 19, 2015WESA-FM

Job growth expected for PIttsburgh in 2015, but how well will those jobs pay?

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has predicted that Pittsburgh will add more than 18,000 jobs in 2015, and according to a new report from the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, those jobs are likely to either be high-paying or low-paying.

Feb 13, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh region expected to add 18,000 jobs in 2015

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board is projecting that 18,000 jobs could be coming to the Pittsburgh region in 2015 — but 43 percent of those jobs will pay less than $14 an hour.

Feb 12, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Fastest-growing job sectors for Pittsburgh in 2015

Five industry sectors, led by health care, are poised to account for more than 75 percent jobs added in the Pittsburgh region this year, according to analysis by the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Jan 27, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Analyst: Health sector thriving, despite job losses

Pittsburgh's health services economy is thriving and adapting well to market changes, despite the loss of hospital jobs reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, a workforce analyst said Tuesday.

Jan 26, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

Health-care employment stalls in Pittsburgh region

Employment in a key sector of western Pennsylvania's economy has stalled as reimbursement for medical care has fallen and fewer people were admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Jan 7, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

3RWIB calling on employers to help secure federal apprenticeship funds

In trying to attract federal funds to expand apprenticeship opportunities in Pittsburgh, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board is putting out a call to arms to employers.

Nov 14, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

While some STEM sectors are wanting for workers, others have glut

For decades, the alarm has been sounded over a perceived dearth of qualified workers to fill jobs in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Nov 7, 2014The Pittsburgh Promise's Ideapod

Career and Technical Education
Aligning Education with Employer Demand

3 Rivers WIB CEO Stefani Pashman authored this piece about trade education for the Pittsburgh Promise's magazine, Ideapod.

Oct 17, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

Cost-cutting reduces number of hospital jobs

Health care is the engine of western Pennsylvania's economy, so a downdraft in hospital employment should cause worry.

Oct 4, 2014KDKA-TV

Where are the jobs in Pittsburgh?

3 Rivers WIB CEO Stefani Pashman, Board President Mark Latterner, and Board Member Kim Slater-Wood discuss jobs and the public workforce system with Jon Delano on KDKA-TV's Sunday Business Page.

Sep 18, 2014Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Growing RMU nursing school poised for expansion

Phyllis Wolfe McDonough knew she could elevate her work as a nurse practitioner with a doctorate, but it took a postcard from a Pennsylvania university she had never heard of in 2007 for her to begin her long-distance journey.

Sep 18, 2014Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Number of jobs in high-tech industry outpace workers in Pittsburgh, nation

Aaron Friedlander stared at the equation, written in black marker with a challenge above: “Spot the bug! Win a shirt.”
Lost among a sea of suits at a huge Carnegie Mellon University job fair on Wednesday, Friedlander, wearing a T-shirt, waved at the writer of the bum equation, Adam Cecchetti, a CMU alumnus and founder of Deja Vu Security.

Sep 15, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PowerSource

Oil and gas companies court military veterans as shale boom grows

Schools such as Westmoreland Community College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology have received grants for training programs.

Sep 15, 2014WESA-FM

Report: In East End, Bloomfield Has Lowest Unemployment Rate; Larimer Has Highest

If you work in one of Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods, there’s about a 50-50 chance that you work in health care or social assistance industries.
But chances are, if you work in the East End, you don’t actually live there. And if you live there, you probably don’t work there.

Sep 14, 2014WDVE-FM

3RWIB discusses the regional workforce on WDVE-FM

3RWIB Board President Mark Latterner and CEO Stefani Pashman discuss the regional workforce and the public workforce development system with WDVE-FM disc jockey Sean McDowell.

Sep 10, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

East End lags behind county in wages: new study

Pittsburgh’s East End has 1.4 jobs for each person in its labor force, but just 6 percent of the area’s 21,000 jobs are held by residents of the area.

Sep 2, 2014South Pittsburgh Reporter

Goodwill recruiting for RISE training project

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is seeking candidates for the RISE job-training and employment-assistance program designed to assist youth whom are residents of certain local communities. The program is entering its third year.

Sep 1, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Circles Pittsburgh seeks to tackle poverty

Billions of dollars over decades have failed to reduce poverty significantly in the United States. Some progress has been made since President Lyndon Johnson’s tenure, but his war on poverty clearly has not been won.

Aug 31, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Making it in Pittsburgh: Leveraging spirit of our forebears through new technologies

Generations ago, many of our families came to Pittsburgh to provide the labor that powered the first large-scale industrial age. In the 19th century, the vast industries of steel, glass, oil and gas and manufacturing sprang from the handiwork of practical, hard-working men and women for whom “making” was second nature. They were self-reliant, get-it-done people, and, for them, working with their hands to make something was the wellspring of wealth, work and improved quality of life.

Aug 24, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Our region needs jobs and career awareness for young people

In the Aug. 14 article “Young People Struggle for Jobs,” the PG’s Ann Belser paints a sobering picture about the nation’s unemployment rate and youth.

Ms. Belser reports that the unemployment rate for young people is 14.3 percent, more than twice the national unemployment rate. And the number of young people working or looking for work continues to hover near 60 percent, among the lowest rates since 1948.

Aug 20, 2014Pittsburgh City Paper

Make or Break
Could an upstart apprenticeship program hold the key to Pittsburgh's future?

The Pittsburgh success story goes something like this: Once the steel mills closed down, we turned away from manufacturing and doubled down on investments in finance, medicine and higher education. We exchanged our union cards for college diplomas.

Aug 18, 2014WESA-FM

Employment Rates Decreasing for Young People

Youth employment has been on a decreasing trend since 2000 and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) believes that educators and employers could work to get young people more engaged.

Aug 15, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

Report: 20 percent of high school freshmen won't graduate

About 20 percent of Pittsburgh area high school freshmen will not graduate, according to a new study by the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Aug 12, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ad firm Marc USA is luring incoming college freshmen for internships

Every year, Marc USA brings in between 10 and 20 interns to its headquarters at Station Square — generally rising seniors in college whose studies have prepared them to plunge right into the work done at the advertising and marketing firm.

Aug 8, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times Morning Edition

Workforce board announces new effort to help displaced workers

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board Friday released a request for proposal seeking innovative solutions for workforce services for adults and dislocated workers in the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. A contractor to lead the workforce development system is expected to be selected in November with anticipated funding ranging between $3 million and $5 million.

Jul 29, 2014South Pittsburgh Reporter

HDPC holds hearing on jobs, workforce development

Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee heard from school administrators, business executives and higher education advocates at a public hearing on July 23 focusing on jobs and economic development, said state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny.

Jul 22, 2014


PITTSBURGH (July 22, 2014) — Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) cheers the historic bipartisan, bicameral workforce legislation — the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act — signed into law today by President Barack Obama.

Jul 22, 2014WESA FM

Panel to Discuss Employment Opportunities in Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania lawmakers are planning a hearing they hope will foster discussion on growing Pittsburgh’s employment opportunities.

Jul 9, 2014WESA-FM

Qualified employees increasingly hard to come by in manufacturing sector

Oberg Industries’ tucked away buildings in Freeport, Pennsylvania are easy to miss. But inside the nondescript structures are tidy rows of machinery worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each. In one department, refrigerator-sized electric discharge machines, which cut metal using wire, sizzle away like cooking bacon. In another, workers operate manual machines. In one room a worker runs quality assurance using a high-tech instrument.

Jun 30, 2014Pittsburgh City Paper

HUD announces $30 million housing grant for Larimer

During a tour of Larimer, Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Carol Galante passed dozens of vacant lots and deteriorating houses. But along the way she also passed the neighborhood's Environmental and Energy Outreach Center, a branch of Chatham University, and the popular Bakery Square — signs that one of Pittsburgh's long forgotten neighborhoods is being reborn.

Jun 20, 2014WESA-FM

Pittsburgh Students to Get a Head Start on Trade Education

More than 60 percent of the 25,000 jobs available in the Pittsburgh region require specialized technical training - but only 40 percent of them require a four-year degree, according to the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Jun 19, 2014The Providence Journal (via PRNewswire)

Innovative Trade Education Program for City School Students to Start Sept. 2014, Pittsburgh Promise and Pittsburgh Public Schools Take Steps to Prepare Workforce

The Pittsburgh Promise and Pittsburgh Public Schools are embarking on an innovative education opportunity through the introduction of a workforce development initiative aimed at helping 10(th), 11(th) and 12(th) grade students to pursue career and technical training, workforce certifications and post-secondary education credits beginning in the 2014-15 school year this fall. The program has been designed in collaboration with the Community College of Allegheny County, the Energy Innovation Center, the Sprout Fund, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, and other technical schools, and with insight, input and support from the region's employers.

Jun 19, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

Workforce development initiative launching in Pittsburgh that provides technical training for high school students

The Pittsburgh Promise and Pittsburgh Public Schools on Thursday announced they are launching a workforce development initiative to help students in grades 10-12 pursue career and technical training.

Jun 18, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Promise loosens scholarship restrictions for technical programs

The Pittsburgh Promise plans to announce today students could use their post-secondary scholarship money for certain career and technology programs at Community College of Allegheny County while still in high school.

Jun 8, 2014Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Selling manufacturing to a new generation

Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line.

May 26, 2014Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Selling manufacturing to a new generation

Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line.

May 16, 2014USA Today

Selling manufacturing to a new generation

Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line.

May 15, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

White House committed to the manufacturing agenda, Commerce secretary says

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker toured U.S. Steel’s Irvin plant in West Mifflin Thursday with U.S. Steel President and CEO Mario Longhi and United Steelworkers Union President Leo Gerard, then exchanged ideas with local leaders about training skilled workers.

Apr 30, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

PA CareerLink moving its Downtown Pittsburgh center to Wood Street Commons

The Pittsburgh offices of PA CareerLink will move from its current office at 425 Sixth Ave. to Wood Street Commons, where it will reopen on Monday, May 5.

Apr 30, 2014

PA CareerLink® Downtown Center to Relocate May 5, 2014

The Pittsburgh offices of PA CareerLink® are moving. Effective 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, the Downtown offices of the one-stop workforce services center will open at Wood Street Commons, 304 Wood Street, Downtown.

Apr 29, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

White House frees up job training funds

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced Monday that his department has just made $150 million available for job training that he repeatedly said will help workers “punch their ticket to the middle class.”

Apr 24, 2014National Fund News

Winning the Skills Race

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions included information about Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board and two of its funded job training programs in the April 2014 newsletter, National Fund News.

Apr 17, 2014Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Obama hopes to replicate CCAC job training efforts across US

In another endorsement of Western Pennsylvania's post-industrial recovery, President Obama on Wednesday called the Community College of Allegheny County “an outstanding model” of job creation worthy of national replication.

Apr 11, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

Local pay scale ‘below market value’

Eight of the region’s 57 largest private companies, three of the 20 largest financial institutions and two of the locally based public companies are currently led by women.
But there is the issue of compensation, and the pay gap between men and women remains daunting. In 2013, women working full-time in the Pittsburgh metro area earned an average salary of $36,861, while their male counterparts were paid $50,771, according to The National Partnership for Women & Families.

Mar 31, 2014US Department of Labor official blog

Promoting Innovation in Skills Development

Finding the right job is closely tied to the education and skills you have. That’s why the Labor Department is so focused on doing everything we can to connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be filled jobs – and to connect employers with skilled workers.

Mar 29, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Teens need to work

In this letter to the Business Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3RWIB CEO Stefani Pashman details the need for more employment opportunities for teens.

Mar 19, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

County exec, mayor’s office outline workforce development goals

The Pittsburgh region has experienced great economic opportunity in recent years, but not every neighborhood has been able to take advantage of that opportunity, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Wednesday

Mar 19, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

Fitzgerald: Companies play key role in future of Pittsburgh International Airport

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said to build Pittsburgh International Airport up to a major hub, it's going to take cooperation from Pittsburgh companies.

Mar 8, 2014Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Minorities crucial to filling Marcellus shale gas drilling jobs

For Jade Morel, the labor landscape in Pennsylvania looks a lot different from what it did when she was growing up near Johnstown.
Morel, 35, had to move to Texas for a job in the drilling industry after she graduated from Penn State in 2001. She's now living in Sewickley with steady work as an engineering manager at Chief Oil & Gas LLC in Wexford.

Mar 4, 2014Fourth Economy

Makers, starters and youngsters - the evolution of Pittsburgh's workforce development

Chrystal Alexander, chairperson of the Workforce Development, Jobs, and Human Capital Subcommittee of the Economic Development Transition Team assembled by Mayor Bill Peduto, details her read on the workforce development opportunities of today and into Pittsburgh’s.

Feb 24, 2014WESA-FM

Youth Employment Focus of Pittsburgh Task Force

A 12-member task force has been assembled by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto with a goal of expanding job opportunities for the city’s high schoolers. Specifically, the group has been tasked with overhauling the Summer Youth Employment Program. Last year the program employed more than 300 residents between the ages of 14 and 21.

Feb 18, 2014Office of Mayor William Peduto

3RWIB CEO tapped to join Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Task Force

Mayor William Peduto announced today the appointment of members to his Summer Youth Employment Opportunities Task Force following the issuance of an executive order last week calling for the program to be overhauled.

Feb 4, 2014Pittsburgh Business Times

3RWIB President recognized in Pittsburgh Business Times

Mark Latterner recognized in Pittsburgh Business Times

Feb 3, 2014The White House Blog

Announcing the First White House Maker Faire

Making it in America, an initiative in which 3RWIB is a part, was featured in this blog post by the White House.

Feb 2, 2014Our Region's Business

3RWIB featured on Our Region's Business

Stefani Pashman, 3RWIB CEO, speaks about jobs and the economy on the Feb. 2, 2014, edition of "Our Region's Business."

Jan 31, 2014North Hills Monthly

It's called Pittsburgh Works, but how does it work?

Looking for work? Looking for workers? The newest star in the spotlight of employment in Pittsburgh is appropriately named Pittsburgh Works, a collaboration of community-based and public organizations aimed at simplifying and improving the workforce development system for both employers and employees. Read more about this innovative initiative.

Jan 26, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mark Latterner Announced 3RWIB President

Mark T. Latterner, executive vice president, regional senior credit officer, Citizens Bank's Mid-Atlantic Region, was elected president of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Jan 23, 2014

3RWIB CEO Elected to US Conference of Mayors' Workforce Development Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 23, 2014) — Stefani Pashman, Chief Executive Officer of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, has been elected to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Workforce Development Council. She was elected to the one-year term during the organization’s 82nd annual winter conference in Washington, D.C.

Jan 15,

Best Towns for Job Seekers in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s job market is a reflection of the national market: still recovering. Even though Moody’s Analytics ranks it 41st in the nation for expected job growth in 2014, there are bright spots for job seekers. The Marcellus shale drilling industry has buoyed the jobs outlook in the western region of the state and the health care industry employs thousands statewide. NerdWallet crunched the data to find the best cities for job seekers in Pennsylvania.

Jan 13, 2014

Mark T. Latterner to lead 3RWIB

Mark T. Latterner, Executive Vice President, Regional Senior Credit Officer, for Citizens Bank’s Mid-Atlantic Region which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, recently was elected President of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB). He will lead the organization through 2016.

Jan 12, 2014KDKA-TV

KD PG Sunday Edition

3RWIB CEO Stefani Pashman discuss the region's workforce with Stacy Smith and David Shribman during the Jan. 12, 2014, KD PG Sunday Edition.

Dec 26, 2013New Pittsburgh Courier

Highmark workforce development paying off

Two years ago, Highmark launched a $2.4-million workforce development program. During a Dec. 19 press event at New Century Careers on Pittsburgh’s South Side, spokesman Evan Frazier said the company was pleased with the results and is committed to ongoing support.

Dec 19, 2013Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Highmark Local Workforce Initiative opens doors with training programs

David Chalfant decided last year that he'd had enough of working as a stock clerk in a grocery store.
The West Mifflin resident enrolled in October 2012 in a machinist training program known as Manufacturing 2000 at New Century Careers in the South Side.

Dec 18, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Highmark to release workforce-initiative results

Highmark will announce results of a two-year, $2.4 million workforce development project Thursday at a skills training center on the South Side.

Sep 30, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Exclusive: Alcoa launches $1.25 million internship program

On Monday, the Alcoa Foundation presented Catalyst Connection with $125,000 to fund a new workforce development initiative aimed at providing training and internship experience for unemployed youth.

Sep 18, 2013Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Two-year schools help to fill needs of growing natural gas industry

The number of jobs in Marcellus Shale core industries in Pennsylvania, including gas extraction, drilling oil and gas wells and pipeline transportation, increased 149 percent — from 12,188 to 30,369 jobs — between the fourth quarters of 2009 and 2012. And the average wage in core industries was $83,100.

Aug 31, 2013Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Aging workforce may leave manufacturing skills shortage

Western Pennsylvania laborers rank among the best-skilled technical workforces in the country, giving the region a clear upper hand for its manufacturing resurgence.

Jul 26, 2013New Pittsburgh Courier

Citizens Bank president pushed for workforce and industry diversity at Chamber breakfast

Daniel Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of Citizens Bank Pennsylvania, told the audience at African American Chamber of Commerce July Business Breakfast that the bank is committed to building the region’s economy, workforce and diversity.

Jul 17, 2013Pop City Media

Pop City Media announces Quick Train for Jobs

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) has rolled out a new online tool that connects job seekers to free or low-cost training programs designed to prepare people for quick entry into well-paying jobs in health care, energy, and manufacturing. Called Quick Train for Jobs, the site is a clearinghouse for free or low-cost, high-quality, brief training programs with some of the region’s most recognized institutions.

Jul 17, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quick Train for Jobs links people to job training programs

With companies needing skilled workers -- but are not always being willing to pay to train them -- and long-term unemployment remaining a problem in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board has founded a new website to help people find low-cost training programs.

Jul 16, 2013Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Quick Train for Jobs announced in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board has developed a website,, to connect job seekers to free and low-cost training programs.

Jul 15,

3 Rivers WIB launches innovative online tool for job seekers

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) announced today that it has launched “Quick Train for Jobs,” an innovative online tool that connects job seekers to free or low-cost training programs designed to prepare people for quick entry into well-paying jobs in health care, energy, and manufacturing.

Jul 15, 2013

3 Rivers WIB launches innovative online tool for jobseekers

PITTSBURGH (July 15, 2013) — Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) announced today that it has launched “Quick Train for Jobs,” an innovative online tool that connects job seekers to free or low-cost training programs designed to prepare people for quick entry into well-paying jobs in health care, energy, and manufacturing.

Jul 15, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

3RWIB launches new online tool for job seekers

It's no secret that our region has seen a disconnect between the skills job seekers have and the skills employers need to fill jobs.

Jul 12, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

ACA changes create need for new kind of workforce

With the Affordable Care Act expected to increase demand for health care services, demand also is on the rise for the type of skills and knowledge needed to navigate a fast-evolving health care landscape.

Jul 12, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Employment insurance

While there is debate in the country over how much of today’s unemployment is rooted in a skills gap (a recent New York Times editorial called the claim “mostly corporate fiction”), if you talk to people in the Pittsburgh region, many acknowledge there are more open jobs than people with the requisite skills to fill them.

Jul 12, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Manufacturing industry tries to break from dark past

At a recent meeting with stakeholders to discuss workforce development, Scott Hudson, principal manager of social responsibility and community outreach for the Alcoa Foundation, asked if there was one profession in manufacturing that has faced a skills gap that has been filled.

Jul 10,

Gov. Corbett announces PA Talent Hub (PATH) in region

Governor Tom Corbett, along with PA Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway, today announced the creation of a program to take private industry recruitment programs and practices and translate them into public sector workforce development efforts.

Jul 10, 2013The Wall Street Journal

Governor Corbett Announces PA Talent Hub, a Private/Public Partnership to Connect People with Jobs

The Wall Street Journal included a media release about Gov. Corbett's announcement of the PA Talent Hub.

Jul 7, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CCAC Vanguard Diversity Awards announced in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board among the recipients of the fifth annual Vanguard Diversity Award.

Jul 2,

Why high youth unemployment should trouble you

Jobs for teenagers and even young adults are scarce nearly four years after the official end of the Great Recession. It is a trend that has some researchers worried not just about the young people, but also about the health of industries.

Jun 27, 2013The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Working Together With A Common Purpose

3RWIB Youth Policy Council Chair Laura Ellsworth talks about the projects that have given her the most satisfaction.

Jun 13, 2013WESA-FM

In the Pittsburgh Region, Summer Learning Opportunities Abound

For many, summer as a kid conjures images of long rides in the back of the family sedan, co-ed sports at the local YMCA camp or hours spent on the couch watching TV. These kind of summer experiences still exist, but an array of programs around Pittsburgh are opening the eyes and minds of youth of all ages.

May 11, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Business Forum: Employers need to engage our youth

We know the best way to learn to work is by working. However, there is a silent crisis emerging in our region. While our economy continues to strengthen with positive movement in the housing and stock markets, little attention is being given to the decline in meaningful professional experience for our children.

May 1, 2013New Pittsburgh Courier

Workforce Investment Board kicks off career week

While all the mayoral candidates were busy talking about creating jobs, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board was launching its 7th annual Imagine Career Week focused on mentoring, training and inspiring youth to get ready for the estimated 3 million permanent science, technology, engineering mathematics (STEM) careers that will need to be filled in the energy field alone.

Apr 26, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

New skills anticipated as health care evolves

Meet the new health care professionals.
They are comfortable with technology and using data. They are part doctor, part nurse, part home-health aide. They are team players with excellent communication skills.
Call these people community-health workers, and they have gotten the attention of Stefani Pashman, CEO of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board Inc.

Apr 25, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Teenage joblessness can hurt in future

Parents today will be exposing their children to the working world during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, but much more important lessons about employment are learned when those children enter the labor force.

Apr 24, 2013WPGH Fox 53

Fox 53 covers Imagine! Career Week at Pittsburgh TechShop

Fox 53 covers Imagine! Career Week at Pittsburgh TechShop.

Apr 24, 2013KDKA 1020-AM

Imagine! Career Week and Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day

Stefani Pashman, 3RWIB CEO, discusses Imagine! Career Week and Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day with KDKA-AM's Bill Rehkopf.

Apr 23, 2013Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tech careers put in focus at Imagine! Career Week

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board opened its seventh annual event at the science center for the first time, in order to emphasize the importance of job preparation in science, technology, engineering and math — or “STEM,” as some call it.

Apr 22, 2013WESA-FM

Imagine! Career Week Kicks Off, Seeks to Prepare Area Youth for Jobs

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board kicked off its eighth annual Imagine! Career Week Monday morning with 120 employers, educators and community partners seeking to prepare area youth to step into the many jobs now held by people nearing retirement.

Apr 20,

Bring Your Child to Work on Thursday

The fourth Thursday of April is Take Your Child To Work Day, and lands on April 25 this year.

This is the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day—as it is officially called. This year's theme is "work in progress." Click here to view a copy of the Congress and Senate resolution dedicating April 25 as Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day.

Apr 20, 2013Pittbsburgh Technology Council

Stefani Pashman and Kevin Perkey discuss Imagine! Career Week on techVIBE radio

Stefani Pashman and Kevin Perkey discuss Imagine! Career Week with Audrey Russo and Charlie Batch on techVIBE radio. Click to listen

Apr 18,

7th Annual Imagine! Career Week Announced for April 22-26, 2013

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) has announced plans for its 7th annual Imagine! Career Week, being held from April 22-26, 2013. Sponsored by Citizens Bank Foundation, Imagine! Career Week celebrates the diversity of career opportunities available in the Pittsburgh region and helps students consider a wide range of career fields.

Apr 3, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2013 Imagine! Career Week announced in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board will host the seventh annual Imagine! Career Week April 22-26 to promote a diversity of careers found in the region.

Apr 1, 2013

Three Rivers WIB and Citizens Bank Foundation announces 2013 Imagine! Career Week

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board and Citizens Bank Foundation announces 2013 Imagine! Career Week

Mar 29, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Health care scholarships target region’s pressing needs

The nursing shortage in the United States has been well-documented and well-publicized. Registered nurses represent the largest health care occupation with more than 2.6 million jobs nationally, and the employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent or more by 2018, according to the Department of Labor, in spite of the recent recession.

Mar 22, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Employers develop programs to promote internal candidates

As the wave of baby boomers nears retirement, manufacturers are discovering they not only have a skills gap when it comes to production jobs, but also mid-level and senior management positions.

Mar 21, 2013Pacific News Center

dck Names Joe Belechak First Worldwide Chief Operating Officer

dck worldwide, parent company of dck pacific construction, announced the promotion of Joe Belechak to Chief Operating Officer of the company. Belechak joined dck back in October 2012.

Feb 25, 2013Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Issue One: The State of the Union

3 Rivers WIB CEO Stefani Pashman comments on the State of the Union address in this letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Jan 25, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Fast Trackers 2003 - Where are they now? Laura Ellsworth

What advice would you have for young professionals looking to move up in their careers?

“Here’s my top 10. First, remember the advice your mom gave you at the dinner table: ‘Try everything on your plate and never say you don’t like it until you’ve tried it.’ Second, there is no substitute for the investment of time. You have to invest a tremendous amount of time, in the office, outside the office, at 3 a.m. when you wake up thinking of how to solve a work problem. The more you experience, the more people you meet, the more you learn, the more you think about creative solutions to problems, the better you will be, and all those things take time.

Jan 11, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Auberle seeks more partners for youth training program

This story by Malia Spencer of the Pittsburgh Business Times focuses on Auberle's work to create or modify training programs aimed at preparing young people for jobs.

Jan 9, 2013The Jewish Chronicle

JHF grants focus on education, services to underserved

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation recently announced its annual grantmaking and refers to its relationship with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Jan 4, 2013Pittsburgh Business Times

Firing workers over 40: Don’t get caught in lawsuit

TRWIB's aging workforce report, "Does Age Matter," referenced in this article by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Dec 28, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh region's hiring outlook looking up for 2013

The hiring outlook for Pittsburgh in 2013 appears to be strong.

Dec 27, 2012WESA-FM

Female Employment Strong, but in Few Industries

A Pittsburgh-based study is showing females in the region tend to pursue careers in a select number of fields, while men are represented in more industries.The analysis is part of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board's (TRWIB) research on various segments in the labor industry.

Dec 27, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Pittsburgh men lost jobs in the '80s, women stepped in to save economy

Bernadette Collins was 24 and a newlywed when her husband, a steelworker, was laid off from his job in 1982.

Nov 19, 2012WESA-FM

Unemployment Agency: $300 million Hard to Track

Limited employer engagement, failure to identify and share best practices, and programs operating below capacity are only a few factors causing problems for those trying to help the unemployed in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Nov 18, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Fewer workers stay in 1 job their whole careers

When Edward Gerjuoy started teaching at the University of Pittsburgh in 1964, the Beatles had invaded America, boys played with a new G.I. Joe action figure and a generation reared on the make-believe of television faced harsh Cold War realities.

Oct 25, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

TRWIB's newest board members recognized in Pittsburgh Business Times

TRWIB's newest board members were recognized in the People and Awards section of the online Pittsburgh Business Times.

Oct 17, 2012WESA-FM

Panel: Pittsburgh Job Market, Atmosphere Attractive to Young Adults

Pittsburgh's diverse labor market and small-city atmosphere make it attractive to young people, according to a panel at the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but the city should do more to attract young adults of diverse ethnicities, and local youngsters should vote more often.

Oct 16, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jobs report challenges 'pervasive' skills gap

A recent job description for a lab technician described the requirements: a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology, a year of work experience in light manufacturing, the knowledge and ability to mix chemicals, the ability to operate a fork lift, lift heavy boxes and work with hazardous materials.

What did it pay? $15 to $17 an hour.

Oct 6, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Connect industry, youths (Letter to the Business Editor)

The Sept. 28 article "Production Jobs Rare For Young Workers" sheds light on a growing concern for some of the region's key employment sectors -- older workers with jobs in manufacturing, education and health care are expected to leave jobs faster than employers can find qualified younger workers to replace them.

Oct 3, 2012Pop City Media

Pittsburgh needs youth to replace our rapidly retiring workforce, study says

Pittsburgh is facing a critical shortage of younger workers ready to move into jobs that will become available as a result of retirements in the workforce in the next 10 years. What can we do about it?

Sep 30, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Construction firm owner works to get younger workers in the mix

When Stephen Shelton looks ahead to that moment in the future when he will hand his construction company over to his son, he sees trouble.

The company has a good stable of reliable employees, but they are all in their 40s and 50s. There are no younger workers in the pipeline to take over those jobs.

Sep 28, 201290.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

Pittsburgh Region's Workforce Aging Fast

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) has issued a report on the aging of the region’s labor pool warning of a future shortage of workers. The report finds the region will be faced with a high number of retirements in the future and not enough qualified younger workers to fill critical jobs in key sectors like manufacturing, education, health care, and the trades.

Sep 28, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Production jobs rare for younger workers

Young people in the Pittsburgh region are facing a future with fewer opportunities to garner skills, just as the population of older skilled workers is heading toward retirement.

Sep 28, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Younger workers needed to bolster aging workforce

Older workers are leaving jobs faster than employers can find qualified younger workers to replace them.

That’s the conclusion of a report the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board released on Thursday that said the gap is expected to widen significantly in the next decade and impact the local economy.

Sep 27, 2012

3 Rivers Workforce Investment Board releases latest report, “Does Age Matter?”

PITTSBURGH, PA, (September 27, 2012) — Is age really just a number? When it comes to the age of the region’s workforce, numbers mean plenty.

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) today released its report, “Does Age Matter? Workforce aging and its implication for collaborative talent management in the Pittsburgh region,” and identified a disturbing scarcity of skills for critical occupations in the Pittsburgh region.

Sep 27, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh's workforce aging faster than the rest

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board is making the taboo assertion that age does matter when it comes to our region’s workforce.

Aug 13, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

2-year college numbers decline

Enrollment at community colleges across the country is declining, a pretty good sign that the nation’s economy is picking up, school administrators said.

Jul 17, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Technical skills in demand

Most jobs in Western Pennsylvania do not require a four-year college degree, including jobs in the burgeoning energy sector. But area institutions are doing a poor job of conveying that message to job seekers, said job-training experts who met Downtown on Monday.

Jul 14, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. employment chief coming here Monday

On Monday, Jane Oates, assistant secretary for employment and training in the U.S. Department of Labor, is coming to Pittsburgh to talk with representatives of local governments, community colleges, labor unions and businesses about jobs in the energy sector.

Jun 26, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Youth summer jobs shrink by 55 percent

Summer employment opportunities for high school students in the Pittsburgh area have shrunk by more than 55 percent since 2000, reflecting statewide and national trends, according to a new report by the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Jun 15, 2012Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

College isn't always the answer to a good job

Letter to the editor by Stefani Pashman, TRWIB CEO

Jun 15, 2012Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Grant will be targeting skilled-worker gap

Jun 15, 2012Pittsburgh Business Times

Three Rivers to get $3 million in workforce training