Safety Conference Provides Key Health and Safety Information for Area Companies

On Tuesday, October 2nd, nearly 150 individuals completed eight hours of health and safety training and earned 0.8 continuing education credits toward their safety committee and professional certifications at the Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference held at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center.

Thirteen health and safety experts donated their time to offer high-quality workshops on a variety of topics. The information presented will help participants create a safer and healthier work environment.

Many thanks go to the sponsors, speakers and exhibitors for their assistance in making this event a huge success. This year's sponsors include: Titanium - Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Gold - Damin Printing Company, North American Höganäs and PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services; Silver - Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center; and Bronze - S.A. Comunale. For a list of in-kind contributors, vendors and speakers, click here.

Also, a special thank you to the 2018 conference committee: Lauren Brewer, JARI; Daren Cuppett, Ron Donaldson and Kathy Garris, Lockheed Martin AeroParts; George Erisman, Galliker Dairy; Paul Seitz, PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services; Dave Johnson, North American Höganäs and Renee Podlucky.

For more information on the Safety Conference and/or the Safety Industry Partnership, please contact Debi Balog at (814) 262-8366 or via e-mail .

ATTENTION VENDORS: Early Bird Deadline

There is still time to register to be a vendor or sponsor at the 16th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference. This year’s Safety Conference will take place on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 8 AM to 3:30 PM at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown. The Early Bird Registration for vendors is open until September 7th for a low price of $175. All vendor registrations after September 7th will be $300.

Click here for the vendor/sponsorship registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Balog, Director of Workforce Development at (814) 262-8366 or via email at .

Basic Industrial Electricity Training Course

We received a suggestion on the schedule for the classes:  2 full (8 hours) days a week for 2.5 weeks.  Please let us know your thoughts.  Thanks.

 

Basic Industrial Electricity Training Course

WEDNet funding can be used to help defray the cost of the training. To check your company eligibility, contact Julie Davis at 814-262-3813 or via email at .

JARI and Penn Highlands Community College are hosting a training course on Basic Industrial Electricity. There are 12 seats available to companies who may be interested in participating. Details on the classes are listed below and the course outline is attached.

Location: Penn Highlands Community College, Richland Campus

101 Community College Way

Johnstown, PA 15904

Dates and Times: The first session is scheduled for the week of September 17 and the second session is scheduled for the week of September 24.

  • Classes will be held from 8:00am to 12:00pm, Monday-Friday over a 2 week period.

Length of Training: 40 hours

Certificates of completion will be provided .

Provider: Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Instructor: Mr. Stan Kieta, President, REAL Controls, Inc.

Cost / Participant: For 8 participants, the cost per person will be $1,000. If we have 12 participants the cost will be $900.00 per person.

Seats will be filled on a first come basis. To reserve seats, please complete the attached registration form and return the form to Lauren at . Also, include the company contact person for billing purposes. Companies will be invoiced individually.

The deadline to reserve seats is August 13. Thank you.

Basic Industrial Electricity Doc

Electrical Non-Credit Registration Form

Connecting Local Talent

JARI is facilitating Open Discussion Forums for defense industry employees displaced in 2018. The purpose of the forums is to provide re-employment and support services to participants as they transition into employment.

We invite employers and agencies to attend one of the meetings to discuss support services and job opportunities. Also, we could utilize the skills of human resource professionals and subject matter experts to review and offer tips on resumes, job search resources and interviewing skills.

Participants include individuals that have experience in the following occupations: human resources, graphic design, contract accounting, risk management, contract administration, infrastructure analysis, financial analysis, executive assistance, administrative assistance, contracts administration and government liaison. Each participant has skills, education and experience that may transfer into a number of different industries.

The group meets once a week at the JARI Center in Richland. Meeting days and times are flexible. If you are interested in providing assistance, please contact Debi Balog, Workforce Development Director at 814.262.8366 or via e-mail at dbalog@jari.com.

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Student Video Contest

Catalyst Connection, which has been helping regional manufacturers grow their businesses for 30 years, celebrated the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Student Video Contest at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown campus on Thursday, March 23. The program focused on getting students out of the classroom and into the manufacturing environment. The event attracted more than 175 people, including manufacturers, industry leaders, students, teachers and parents.

For the video content, 8 manufacturing companies were paired with 7 middle schools from Cambria, Indiana and Somerset counties who were encouraged to interview employees and go behind the scenes to learn about the manufacturing industry. Each team submitted its video to Catalyst, and voting took place on dreamitdoitpa.com. The contest yielded more than 48,000 votes over a five-day period.

Award winners included:

Best Manufacturing Message
Greater Johnstown with Lockheed Martin

Most Creative
Rockwood with ASSA ABLOY

Viewer’s Choice
Rockwood with ASSA ABLOY

Best Marketing Plan
Blairsville-Saltsburg with Clark Metal Products

Bonus Video on Community Impact
Forest Hills with JWF Industries

Don’t Miss the Early Bird Registration!

Time is running out to get your registration in at the early bird rate for the 2018 Cambria County Job Fair. Register by April 6, 2018 for the Early Bird discount of only $95! All registrations after April 6th will be $120.

The Cambria County Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, May 1st from 1 PM – 5 PM at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown.

For exhibitor registration and sponsorship information click here, visit our website or contact Debi Balog, director of workforce development, at (814) 262-8366 or via email at dbalog@jari.com.

Upcoming Community Resource Fair

Bridging Cambria County, a Vision2025 initiative, will be holding a free community resource fair on Thursday, April 12 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Greater Johnstown High School.

The purpose of the resource fair is to provide residents with information on a variety of topics such as social services, education assistance and job seeker services. All agencies, organizations, and service providers who offer services or programs within the Greater Johnstown/Southern Cambria County region are welcome to attend! Click here for flyer details.

If you would like to have a table at the resource fair, please contact Matt Spangler, United Way Community Relationship Manager, at Matt@uwlaurel.org, or Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Development Director at Dbalog@jari.com.

Voting Open for Explore the New Manufacturing Student Video Contest

Catalyst Connection has been providing opportunities for our manufacturing companies to build their talent pipeline by engaging with local schools. Our Explore the New Manufacturing Student Video Contest enables students to learn about – and promote – manufacturing careers to their peers through some amazing videos!

The 8 Pittsburgh-East regional student teams have recently submitted their final drafts of their videos – it is now time for you to vote for the People’s Choice Award! The voting period for these videos is now open through Friday, March 16th.

Click here to cast your vote for your favorite videos! The winning videos will be announced at the Video Contest Ceremony.

DON’T MISS OUT – Join us for the Cambria/Indiana/Somerset Counties Manufacturing Reception and Video Contest Ceremony next Thursday, March 22nd at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS!

Connect to hundreds of qualified job candidates by participating in the Cambria County Job Fair on Tuesday, May 1st from 1 PM – 5 PM at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown.

The 2017 Fair showcased over 80 employers and served over 500 job seekers.

Register by April 6, 2018 for the Early Bird discount of only $95! All registrations after April 6th will be $120.

For exhibitor registration and sponsorship information, click the link below, visit our website or contact Debi Balog, director of workforce development, at (814) 262-8366 or via email at dbalog@jari.com.

Click here to download the Flyer and Vendor/Sponsor Form.

JARI Announces 2018 NAP Tax Credit Program

JARI leaders announced their Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program (NAP) for 2018. Administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the details were released during a press event at JARI Headquarters in Downtown Johnstown on Tuesday, January 30.

JARI will receive $67,000 to provide a 200-hour welding training program to 25 unemployed/underemployed individuals residing in 4 neighborhoods located in the City of Johnstown: Cambria City, Coopersdale, Morrellville and Oakhurst.

Manufacturing companies require workers who complete some type of post-secondary education that includes industry-specific credentials. Five manufacturing companies in Cambria and Somerset Counties currently have openings for more than 150 welders. One of those companies, J&J Truck Bodies, is currently seeking 40 welders according to Shawn Kaufman, Director of Human Resources. The program will enable participants to acquire the skills needed to obtain employment in jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage.

Contributors to the 2018 NAP program include: 1st Summit Bank, First National Bank, Northwest Bank and Somerset Trust.

For more information, contact Debi Balog at the JARI office 814-535-8675.