Kentucky firm to handle job training in Erie area – News – – Pennsylvania News

Kentucky firm to handle job training in Erie area – News – – Pennsylvania News

GECAC out as service provider for Northwest PA Workforce Development Board.

A Kentucky-based business is taking over job-training services in the region, including operation of the CareerLink offices throughout northwestern Pennsylvania.

The board of elected county officials that oversees the Northwest Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board voted unanimously on May 24 to hire ResCare Workforce Services, of Louisville, Kentucky, to provide what are known as Title I job-training services in the WDB’s area, which encompasses the counties of Erie, Clarion, Crawford, Forest, Venango and Warren.

ResCare replaces the Greater Erie Community Action Committee, which holds the contract that expires June 30. The amount of the new contract, paid with state and federal funds, was not immediately available.

ResCare scored the highest of the agencies, included GECAC, that submitted requests for proposals, said Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, who chairs the board of elected officials that oversees the Northwest Pennsylvania WDB. The WDB’s executive committee recommended that the elected officials approve ResCare, according to the board minutes from the May 24 meeting.

Dahlkemper did not vote at the meeting because she was out of the country, but said she supports the hiring of ResCare because of its high scores related to the RFP. She said she and others involved were aware of issues with ResCare in other areas, but found that the agency was still the most qualified for handling the services in northwestern Pennsylvania.

“We certainly checked into it,” she said.

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