Story: United Cerebral Palsy
50 years in Johnstown, United Cerebral Palsy is a not-for-profit agency
committed to change and progress for
persons with disabilities. Eileen Itell and Holly Buchanan, the Human
Resource Recruiters, hires in an 8-county area. They utilize CareerLink
services in every county. “When a position opens, our first step is to
post it on the CareerLink web site.” UCP has had many quality referrals
through their job postings, and currently have more than 600 employees.
Over the years, they have participated in many CareerLink
events, from job fairs, to training programs. In July 2005, they took
part in our Paid Work Experience (PWE) program for the first time by
becoming a PWE worksite. The PWE program assists eligible job seekers
by providing the opportunity for them to gain marketable skills while
at a participating PWE worksite. The worksite is not obligated to hire
the employee, only to teach him/her valuable workplace skills. The
program is a great resource for many CareerLink customers, and
sometimes the result is a perfect-fit between employer and job seeker.
This was the case with UCP and Pat Bowser. Pat had been out-of-work for
4 months before walking into the CareerLink. She found the staff to be
both “friendly and helpful.” After working with a Career Planner
briefly, she was offered the Paid Work Experience. She did so well in
the administrative assistant position that they offered her permanent
employment, which she has now had for nearly 1 year. Her experience
with the CareerLink and UCP has been positive. “This job is excellent.
I never thought I’d be doing this.” UCP continues to post openings on
our web site from Administrative to Personal Care Attendants. They are
“always looking for good people.”
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