The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is committed to building a workforce with 21st century skills. In today’s innovation-driven, knowledge-based economy, access to a highly educated, skilled and trained workforce is a vital key to the regional economic vitality. Skills in Scranton Skills in Scranton is the workforce development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. For more than 25 years, Skills has worked with local employers, school districts, higher education partners and Pennsylvania data experts to develop strategies that help ensure our regional workforce is aligned with high-priority jobs of the future. Through industry-specific committees, Educator in the Workplace forums, an annual high school principals’ forum, employer-driven curriculum counsel, and coordination of regular student visits to work sites and industry-expert lectures in classrooms, Skills has facilitated job growth awareness and internships/apprenticeships for hundreds of students and dozens of employers. A signature initiative of Skills in Scranton is its healthcare career academy partnership, a collaboration among Scranton’s four hospitals (Allied Services, Geisinger Community Medical Center, Moses Taylor Hospital and Regional Hospital) and Scranton’s two high schools (Scranton High and West Scranton High) to promote healthcare career interests in students. The program is funded thanks to support from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Other industry-specific initiatives in progress include public utilities, advanced manufacturing, information technology and building and trades. Skills in Scranton is a Pennsylvania EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) approved entity.For information call (570) 342-7711. Educator in the Workplace Offered through a collaboration between the Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board and Skills in Scranton, Educator 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. Educator in the Workplace provides Lackawanna County educators with a five-day industry immersion experience in one of four industry specific cohorts. Educators will get a sneak peek inside a Lackawanna County company, real time Chapter 339 application, and 30 credit hours of Act 48. Workforce Statistics The Chamber and its experienced team can assist in developing customized workforce data reports based on Member needs. This can include wage rates, unemployment data and characteristics, labor pool statistics. For additional information, contact Brianna Florovito. Employment Expo Each spring, the Chamber hosts the Employment Expo, a regional event. The Expo draws more than 100 employers that represent all industries. The event attracts more than 2,000 job seekers. Key partners such as the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency, Society for Human Resource Management and Dress for Success support the event by providing job seekers with additional tools to enhance their competitiveness. For more information, contact Mari Potis.