Unemployed or underemployed residents looking for an advantage in the job market have an opportunity coming to Corry.

Pennsylvania CareerLink is bringing the free “Work Certified” program to the Corry Higher Education for three weeks in September.

Work Certified is a national, employer-driven program designed to expose job seekers to areas of work readiness that employers value. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded a National Work Certified identification card to show prospective employers that they have met the program’s objectives.

The program includes elements of business technology, reading comprehension, business communications, business math, pre-employment readiness, customer service, employment expectations, mastering career success, and general business knowledge.

“In a tough job market, everyone has to look at how they can make themselves more attractive to employers, because there are more job seekers than there are jobs,” said Steve Bishop, executive director of the Corry Hi-Ed Council. “The Work Certified program tells employers you’re willing to go the extra mile, that you’re willing to learn.”

Participants will attend class at the Corry Hi-Ed, 221 N. Center St., Monday through Friday, Sept. 13 to Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Registration for the program is required by Monday, Aug. 30, and participants are required to attend a pre-assessment meeting at the Hi-Ed to verify their eligibility for the program. Those opportunities will be either Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon, or Thursday, Sept. 2 from 1-3 p.m.

Participants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED certificate, be enrolled in PA CareerLink with a Participant ID number, and have a current resume on the CareerLink system. That can be achieved on the CareerLink website at cwds.state.pa.us.

To register or learn more about Work Certified, contact Duane Zimmerman at the Erie CareerLink, toll-free at 877-788-3743, extension 323, or by e-mail at dzimmerman@eriecareerlink.org.

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