Workforce in NEPA

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is committed to building a workforce with 21st century skills.  In today‚Äôs 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.

SKILLS 2021: Workforce Summit & Career Fair

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.

Learn more about Act 158 below:

Workforce Wednesday

Workforce Wednesday is a virtual program that benefits job seekers, as well as local businesses that are hiring. Each week we feature one company on the webinar – streamed live on Facebook – to provide information about company culture, available job opportunities, and answer questions with job seekers.

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.

Learn more about local workforce statistics below: