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The Duke Energy Foundation is continuing its support of the Lancaster Works program with a contribution of $75,725 to the workforce development initiative of Carolinas Literacy Network.
Lancaster Works offers ongoing jobs-readiness training to help job seekers enhance their employability skills and get employed sooner.
“The ongoing success of the Lancaster Works program depends on the generosity of organizations like The Duke Energy Foundation, BI-LO Charities and Lancaster County,” said Kathy Wilds, executive director of Carolinas Literacy Network. “We applaud Duke Energy for their commitment to enabling our local workforce to enhance their employment skills and obtain that long sought after job.”
“At Duke Energy, we understand how important it is to help the communities we serve be more successful at preparing the workforce of the future,” said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy district manager in Lancaster County. “Our partnership with Lancaster Works will help the workforce in this region be competitive in finding quality jobs in their community. We recognize the great work being done by the Carolinas Literacy Network and are proud to support their efforts.”
Lancaster Works’ ongoing free classes are designed to help people earn their WorkKeys Career Readiness certificates, write effective resumes, learn valuable skills to successfully navigate the job search and job interview process, and to get connected with job placement agencies and local employment opportunities.
“Of the 10 most recent participants in the program, five received immediate job interviews, two accepted new job offers and another job offer is currently pending,” Wilds said. “This is an exciting time for jobseekers in our community and we want to give them every opportunity to succeed both now and in the future.”
To participate in the free Lancaster Works jobs -training program, enrollees must have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Classes are being held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 105 W. Dunlap Street and are led by instructors from York Technical College. Individuals needing to complete their GED are strongly encouraged to contact the program’s partner organization, Lancaster Adult Education, for expert assistance. Employers interested in setting up specialized training programs are also welcome to contact Lancaster Works at (803) 313-7500.
Lancaster Works is part of the Work Ready Community initiative and Lancaster County has earned its designation as a certified S.C. Work Ready Community In Progress.