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Skills in Scranton Hosts Session on Logistics and Transportation

From left, front row: Sandra Liparulo, Mid Valley School District; Andrew Martin, Scranton School District; and Laurie Mecca, Riverside School District. Back row: Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Jerry Musheno, board chair, Skills in Scranton; Lisa Ross, education outreach coordinator, Educator in the Workplace; and Amy Luyster, vice president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Skills in Scranton, the workforce development affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, recently hosted its first Educator in the Workplace cohort on logistics and transportation.

Offered through a collaboration between the Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board and Skills in Scranton, Educators in the Workplace seeks to align and connect business and industry leaders with local school districts, the career and technical center and the local intermediate unit. The program provides Lackawanna County educators with a week-long industry immersion experience in one of four industry specific cohorts.

“We are pleased to be partnering with the Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board to connect our businesses with teachers, students and families, regarding real job opportunities here in our region,” said Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

For the logistics and transportation session, participants discovered a wide variety of career paths that they could introduce to their students as potential future opportunities.

“We are excited to be working with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and the Skills in Scranton Program,” said Joe Stagnaro, division president, McLane Company. “Our goal is to expose educators to the exciting career opportunities in logistics, while strengthening the workplace bond between the community and local businesses; knowing that our students will ultimately benefit as they prepare to enter the workforce.”

Participants in the logistics and transportation cohort spent two days at the Chamber learning about the industry, as well as services available, and completing classroom integration planning. Three days were spent on-site at either Kane Is Able or McLane Company. Regional partners from Pennsylvania Career Link Lackawanna County, The Scranton Plan, Penn State Scranton, Johnson College, Luzerne County Community College, Express Employment Professionals and OneSource Staffing Solutions spoke with educators about the industry and services available to job seekers locally.

“Kane Is Able is honored and excited to participate in this year’s Educators in the Workplace program,” said Alex Stark, senior director of marketing, Kane is Able. “We’re passionate about spreading the news and getting visibility to the logistics and transportation industry. When logistics is working well, and this is mostly an exceptions business, the industry works silently behind the scenes. That’s optimal for business, however, not ideal for getting on young peoples’ radars as a career opportunity. We hope that through successful programs like Educators in the Workplace the industry comes into greater focus.”

For more information on the Educators in the Workplace program, visit www.scrantonchamber.com/educator or contact Amy Luyster at aluyster@scrantonchamber.com.