Category Archives: Employment

April 20th, Job Fair

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Over 90 employers registered!For a list of participating employers, click here.This job fair is currently full. If you are an employer and would like to be added to our wait list should a table open up, please email Laura O’Neill at
Pre-registration NOT REQUIRED for job seekers to attend.
Clipper Magazine Stadium650 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.TTY: (717) 391-3570

Webinar: Realizing Employment Success: A Tailored Approach to Serving People with Brain Injuries

Webinar: Realizing Employment Success: A Tailored Approach to Serving People with Brain Injuries Tuesday, April 12 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET
Register for the webinar.

People with brain injuries seek meaningful employment opportunities in their communities. Some transition to work without the need for accommodations or pre-employment services and supports. For others, the pathway to employment presents various challenges due to physical, neurocognitive, and/or emotional changes. Complicating employment pursuits for individuals with brain injury stems in part from the often less visible nature of the disability, as well as the high prevalence of co-occurring behavioral or mental health issues. Such challenges have resulted in the creation of innovative programs and funding opportunities to address the critical supports and services that individuals with brain injuries need to achieve successful employment outcomes.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), housed within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, established a partnership with local community rehabilitation programs (CRP) to strategically serve people with brain injuries. The primary goal of the partnership is to support job seekers with brain injuries to receive tailored services from certified brain injury specialists through its competitive funding opportunities for local CRPs. DVRS works closely with the North Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Program, which was awarded a five-year federal grant from ACL. 

Please join this DETAC webinar to hear from North Carolina DVRS, as well as a key CRP partner, Community Partnerships Inc., about the milestone-based structure and approach of the Brain Injury Support and Services (BISS) program that aims to connect people with brain injuries to competitive integrated employment through an individualized, self-directed, and holistic approach to services. The National Association of State Head Injury Administrators will open and facilitate the session focused on helping employment service providers recognize opportunities to help people with brain injuries succeed in employment.

Contact with questions or to request accommodations for the webinar.   Register for the webinar
The ACL-funded Disability Employment Technical Assistance Center provides evidence-based training and technical assistance to the Administration on Disabilities grantees for improving competitive, integrated employment (CIE) and economic outcomes for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Webinars are recorded and posted with supporting materials on the website.

Visit PA Career Link Lancaster County for Job Openings

“Opinion piece: Lessons from a Job Search”

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“Author Dan Saffer provides some well-needed advice for job-hunters entering the fray. From the ageist attitudes in the tech industry to the importance of a well-maintained portfolio, Saffer encourages all to keep their heads high when the search can feel stressful.”


by Dan Saffer

“Note: I didn’t really want to write this article, but am doing so at others’ urging hoping it’ll give other job hunters some hope, some insights, or at least a laugh.

“There’s an idea held by many that the more experienced you are, the more accomplished you are, the better your network, the easier it is to find a job. I’m here to debunk this. I have 20+ years of experience, 10+ years in design management, a master’s degree in design from a great school, a seemingly good reputation, and my last role was at a high-profile company. Still, I was ghosted, given take-home design exercises, was told job offers were coming that never materialized, given ‘personality quizzes’ that I apparently didn’t pass, and suffered the same sorts of indignities during my exhaustive search for a new role.

“For about eight months, I hunted for a job. Unlike the last time I was out of work, I had no trouble landing interviews.” 

Read this opinion column in its entirety, click here.

“A Son Turned His Mother’s Story Of Workplace Ageism Into A Heart-Warming Documentary With A Message” – Forbes

biggest adventure“Despite struggling for three years to find work, Rebecca Danigelis is learning to enjoy life–thanks to her filmmaker son.” –  SIAN-PIERRE REGIS

by Sheila Callaham

“Sian-Pierre Regis’ documentary Duty Free chronicles the story of his mother, Rebecca Danigelis, who was fired without cause at age 75 from her job as a hotel housekeeper.

“Danigelis had spent her life working in hospitality and prided herself on perfection. While she admits to having seen other people pushed out of the workplace as they got older, she was determined it would never happen to her.

“Until it did.

“On the day she was fired, the first person she called was Regis. She’d cashed out most of her 401(k) to pay for his college education, and when he asked how much money she had saved, the answer was frightening–only $600.

“Danigelis needed another job and fast.”

Click here to read this article in its entirety at Forbes Magazine.

VA and Department of Labor releases high demand occupation list for the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to launch the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) as part of its continued effort to support Veterans seeking retraining and economic opportunities in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

VA in partnership with the Department of Labor published a list of high-demand occupations. The list is available here and includes healthcare, education, media, engineering, and high tech opportunities.

The new program, part of the American Rescue Plan, will allow qualifying Veterans between the ages of 22 and 67 to receive up to 12 months of tuition and fee and monthly housing allowance payments, based on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. VA will provide further information soon on how Veterans can apply for this program.

The week of April 4th, VA will release a participation agreement and begin to work with educational institutions interested in participating in VRRAP.  VA will require educational institutions to commit to a participation agreement that will outline VRRAP requirements and specify which training programs are covered under VRRAP. Once reviewed and approved by VA, a comprehensive list of VRRAP educational institutions and programs will be published and made available.

For a program of education to qualify for VRRAP, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Be approved for GI Bill or VET TEC
  • Not lead to a bachelors or graduate degree
  • Provide training for a high-demand occupation

The payment model for VRRAP tuition and fees (paid directly to the VRRAP education institution) is milestone based:

  • 50% when the Veteran begins the program
  • 25% when the Veteran completes the program
  • 25% when the Veteran finds employment in the field of study

The program is limited to a maximum of 17,250 participants and up to $386 million.

If you are aware of any GI Bill Beneficiaries who require assistance, please have them contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday to speak with a representative.

To learn more about the program and for updates, go to our website, or visit our Facebook page.

Contracted LINK Coordinator Position Available! Reply by February 2.

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Contractual position available for energetic, organized, highly efficient self-starter to provide coordination of the Pennsylvania Link to Aging & Disability Resources, Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area. The Link program is part of a nationwide effort to take a seamless approach in assisting seniors and adults with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living.

More information can be found here:

The Link Coordinator is required to plan and conduct Link Partner meetings, prepare and submit reports and budgets, develop new partners and promote the ‘Link’ through advertising and other outreach opportunities. Requirements: Minimal Associates degree plus experience in aging, disability or human-services related field.

Interested candidates should submit a resume to by Friday, February 2, 2021. As this position is considered to be an Independent Contractor position, interested parties will also provide an hourly billable service unit rate anticipating an average of 35 hrs. per week, with an annual contract not to exceed $50,000.

If you’re interested in applying for or responding to this POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT, please send an email to indicating your interest and a resume or list of your credentials by Friday, February 2, 2021. The Service Area Oversight Committee will be reviewing resumes/proposals and scheduling interviews during the week of February 15 through 19, 2021. The plan is to award the position so the Link coordinator can assume the position by early March, 2021.

Veterans’ Event Goes Virtual; Job Fair Now Extended to Non-Vets

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair events for Lebanon County, York County and the Capital Area have been combined and redesigned to serve the community virtually.

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Originally planned for separate central Pennsylvania locations this fall, the now-virtual Veterans’ Expo will be available online Sept. 15-30 at

Presented by OLP Events, the Veterans’ Expo connects active and retired military members and their families with benefits and resources available to them through local community-service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits counselors, VFWs and American Legions.

Exhibitors also include continuing-education opportunities and a broad range of businesses, from home improvement, legal services and finance to retirement living and insurance.

Job Fair

The Job Fair has transitioned to virtual as well and has been widened in scope to include both veterans and the area’s civilian community.

Running concurrently with the Veterans’ Expo, the Jobs717 job fair will be open Sept. 15-30 and can be accessed at and is open to jobseekers and employers in or near the 717 area code.

During Jobs717, individuals seeking employment can browse through employer thumbnails and select the companies of their choice to learn more information.

Each employer’s custom page will include their company information, website link, job vacancies, social media links, and contact info so jobseekers can connect one-on-one with company representatives.

Employers will represent a large range of industries, including construction, management, administrative/clerical, warehouse, sales, customer service, manufacturing, banking, computer tech/IT and others.

Event sponsors include 50plus LIFE; American Legion Department of Pennsylvania; Church & Dwight Co., Inc.; BusinessWoman magazine; Disabled American Veterans; Pennsylvania State Headquarters VFW; and WHTM abc27.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available. For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or email

SOURCE: news release

“Nearly 1 in 10 Health Care Workers Lost Their Job Between February and April, But Health Care Employment Rebounded Slightly in May” – Kaiser Family Foundation

“A new chart collection explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. health care workforce, and finds that between February and April 2020, nearly 1.5 million health care jobs were lost. While more than 300,000 health services jobs were recovered in May 2020, mainly in dental offices, employment in some health care settings continued to decrease.

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“The rise in health care unemployment follows a sharp decline in utilization and revenue for non-emergency services. Many providers delayed or canceled appointments for routine care and elective procedures amid concerns that COVID-19 patients would overwhelm the health system; others closed their facilities entirely. Many patients also chose to forgo non-emergency care, presumably due to stay-at-home orders issued by local governments and fear of contracting the virus in health care settings.

“Workers in ambulatory health care settings, like dental and physician’s offices, have been particularly hard-hit, accounting for more than half of total health care job losses between February and May 2020.

“The chart collection also includes data on gender disparities and geographic variation in health care job loss, as well as a breakdown of job loss by sector.”

“Pandemic exposes low pay and scant protections for nursing assistants and home-care aides” – The Los Angeles Times

home care aides“Personal care assistant Maria Colville leaves home for her job caring for an elderly woman in Watertown, Mass. – (Lane Turner / The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

by Rowan Moore Garety

“When she heard friends working at Lowe’s were in line for $300 hazard-pay bonuses, Allanah Smit wondered why her employer, Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss., had no such plans. ‘Healthcare workers deserve hazard pay too,” she declared on Twitter. “Yes, we chose this profession, but we didn’t sign up to fight a global pandemic with ONE N-95 respirator and improper PPE.’

“As a certified nursing assistant, Smit makes just over $14 an hour to bathe, feed, and reposition patients recovering from car accidents, strokes, and major surgeries like hip replacements. When elective surgeries were suspended last week as the coronavirus spread from hot spots such as New Orleans, Smit began caring for patients with symptoms of COVID-19.

“As the healthcare system braces for the full impact of the pandemic, the shortage of doctors and nurses in epicenters like New York has gotten massive attention.

“Less scrutiny has been paid to home health aides, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants — ”

Continue reading this article at The Los Angeles Times.