Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. (PCSI) was established in 1983 as the designated Community Action Agency (CAA) for the City of Pittsburgh and serves as the anti-poverty agency for the city. As a CAA, PCSI provides services to persons whose income is 125% or below the 2016 federal poverty guidelines; which means that an individual’s income is $14,850 or less or a family size of four whose income is $30,375 or less.
The goal of CAAs is to empower individuals and families to make life-altering changes which can reduce the barriers and characteristics of poverty. PCSI serves approximately 8,500 individuals annually. Individuals are referred from networks and agencies within the city of Pittsburgh. Following an intake assessment, individuals are referred to Direct Services for Case Management support, Food Assistance, Housing Services, Workforce Training/Job Placement or linked to collaborative agencies for other barrier bridging services.
For more information, call PCSI at 412-904-4700 or visit: www.pghcsi.org
Adult Literacy Action: No-Cost Academic Review Classes;
Penn State Beaver, Beaver County, PA
Adult Literacy Action Penn State Beaver provides free basic skills academic instruction in reading and math to individuals applying to Apprenticeship Programs in the various building and construction trades. The primary focus is on reviewing basic math skills and improving Algebra 1 skills in preparation for apprenticeship application math aptitude tests.
Individuals who do not possess a high school diploma or high school equivalency must first receive instruction to prepare for the high school equivalency (GED) test, as this is the initial building block for any future apprenticeships and employment. Day and evening classes, which are funded by state and federal government workforce education grants, are located in Beaver, Beaver Falls, and inside CareerLink at the Beaver Valley Mall.
To sign up for free classes or for additional information, contact Adult Literacy Action Penn State Beaver at 724-773-7810. Visit www.AdultLiteracy.org
Need More Job Search Assistance?
PA CareerLink® of Allegheny County offers advanced career services to you as a resident of Allegheny County. PA CareerLink® is a collaboration between the City of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County and an entity allowing employers and job seekers to stay competitive by offering NO COST advanced job search services.
Helmets to Hardhats
Helmets to Hardhats is a national program that connects National Guard, Reserve, veterans and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry.
Most career opportunities offered by the program are to federally approved apprenticeship training programs. Such training is provided by the Union Trade Organizations themselves at no cost to the veteran. No prior experience is needed; in fact, most successful transitions start with virtually no experience in their chosen field. All participating trade organizations conduct a three to five-year earn-as-you-learn apprenticeship training program. Your G-I Bill can be applied to your apprenticeship as a cost of living expense to you, none of your G-I Bill will go to the Union Training Center; they pay for your training throughout your apprenticeship.
If you’ve not already done so, please take a moment and register by logging onto www.helmetstohardhats.org then option to register as a career seeker. After you’ve registered and selected your top three (3) trades, research each to ensure it aligns with career expectations. This research can be done at www.buildersguild.org under the “Apprenticeships” tab which connects you all the programs.
Afterwards, feel free to contact us for further assistance with connecting with your chosen trade. THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY!
Daniel Breslin - Helmets to Hardhats Regional Manager, PA, NJ, DE