Governor Tom Corbett Kicks Off 5th Annual Imagine! Career Week for Youth in Pittsburgh

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With a focus on exposing young people to career opportunities in Pittsburgh, Governor Tom Corbett spoke at a kick-off breakfast today for the 5th annual Imagine! Career Week, which is being held April 11-16 by The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB). Imagine! Career Week is supported by a generous grant from Citizens Bank Foundation.

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Imagine! Career Week is a great way to get thousands of young people excited about their future in Pittsburgh and connect them with individuals that want to help them succeed.

With a focus on exposing young people to career opportunities in Pittsburgh, Governor Tom Corbett spoke at a kick-off breakfast today for the 5th annual Imagine! Career Week, which is being held April 11-16 by The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB). Imagine! Career Week is supported by a generous grant from Citizens Bank Foundation.

“Imagine! Career Week is a great way to get thousands of young people excited about their future in Pittsburgh and connect them with individuals that want to help them succeed,” said Governor Corbett. “I am honored to kick-off the week, which is designed to get young people and families excited about career options and provide employers with a pipeline of individuals who are ready to work. Imagine! Career Week shows students why staying in school matters.”

In addition to hearing from Governor Corbett, the breakfast gave policymakers and companies the opportunity to learn about Pittsburgh’s diverse job opportunities and make the connection between school and work from a panel of leaders including David Malone, President and CEO, Gateway Financial; Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President and CEO, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware; Dr. Linda Lane, Randall Dearth, President and CEO, LANXESS Corporation, Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools; Dr. Ken Melani, CEO and President of Highmark and Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers of America.

WorkReady Pittsburgh, a summer youth employment program placing young people in corporate internships was announced. Modeled after the successful WorkReady Philadelphia program, WorkReady Pittsburgh will place 35 youth in companies for workplace learning and professional development. The goal of WorkReady is to build the future of our region’s workforce and make sure all youth are exposed to the diverse career opportunities Pittsburgh offers. WorkReady Pittsburgh is generously supported by the RK Mellon Foundation, BNY Mellon Foundation, Pittsburgh Foundation, and the POISE Foundation.

Governor Corbett also announced the three winners of an essay contest among youth who had written about their dream careers. Eric Stresky of Deer Lakes Middle School (dream career: veterinarian); Lisa Stabryla of Carrick High School (dream career: engineer); and Marcus Colella (dream career: radiologist) were recognized for their essays and will receive the opportunity to job shadow in their respective dream careers.

Imagine! Career Week gives young people and families the chance to participate in resume writing and interviewing workshops, explore career options and connect with employers who can provide them with paid internships and job opportunities. For employers, the week includes a Youth Career Fair that provides the opportunity to connect with high school and college students, as well as other entry level workers who are eager to learn more about their company.

A full outline of the week’s events is available at http://www.imaginecareerweek.org.

Aside from Citizens Bank Foundation as the lead sponsor, partners for the event are: The Allegheny Intermediate Unit, PA CareerLink® Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, Southwestern Pennsylvania BOTS IQ, Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, The Bridge of Pittsburgh, The Consortium for Public Education, Educators and Employers Engaged for Excellence, Family Support Policy Board of Allegheny County, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Regional Compact, SmartFutures, Urban Youth Action, Inc., YouthLINK and Youthworks, Inc.

About Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) focuses on workforce development in the Pittsburgh region and is committed to bridging the gap between people looking for work and companies in need of talent. With diverse programs and resources, TRWIB connects with employers, placement agencies, unemployed and underemployed people to break down the barriers that keep jobs from being filled in the Pittsburgh region. TRWIB seeks to make Pittsburgh a better place to live and work through an array of services and partnerships that tackle the underlying barriers to regional prosperity. Information is available at http://www.trwib.org.

About The Citizens Bank Foundation
Citizens Bank Foundation is a subsidiary of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, which is a charitable contributions vehicle of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The foundation’s support is focused on housing, community development and basic human needs. CFG’s website is citizensbank.com.

Media interested in covering specific events can contact Kelley Denny at KDenny and Partners, 412-352-9240 or Kdenny(at)kdennyandpartners(dot)com. CareerLink is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. Phone 866-317-5627; TTY 877-889-5621; http://www.careerlinkpittsburgh.com.

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