5th Annual Imagine! Career Week is Unveiled

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April 11-16 Focus on Connecting Youth with Career Opportunities Governor Tom Corbett set as keynote speaker at kickoff breakfast April 11

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Imagine! Career Week will provide opportunities for more than 4,000 youth and families to explore careers that exist in Pittsburgh and connect with organizations that can support their education and path to success.

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) has unveiled plans for its 5th annual Imagine! Career Week which is being held from April 11-16, 2011. Imagine! Career Week has been supported by a generous grant from Citizens Bank Foundation and will feature Governor Tom Corbett as the keynote speaker at its kick off breakfast on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Pittsburgh.

“Imagine! Career Week will provide opportunities for more than 4,000 youth and families to explore careers that exist in Pittsburgh and connect with organizations that can support their education and path to success,” said Stefani Pashman, CEO of TRWIB. “It is an exciting week that will inspire people as they explore opportunities for their own future and showcase the tremendous importance of investing in our region’s youth.”

Imagine! Career Week includes a broad scope of events. In addition to hearing from Governor Corbett, the kick-off breakfast will give policymakers and the region’s leading companies the opportunity to learn about the need for career awareness activities from a panel of corporate and civic 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, Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools;Ken Melani, CEO and President of Highmark and Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers of America.

At the breakfast, WorkReady Pittsburgh, a summer youth employment program placing young people in corporate internships throughout our region, will be announced. Governor Corbett will also be announcing the winner of an essay contest among youth who have written about their dream careers.

“Citizens is proud to be part of this event and grateful to Governor Tom Corbett and our many partners for coming together to support young people in this region,” said Dan Fitzpatrick, CEO of Citizens Bank. “From opportunities to job shadow or learn a trade, the week brings a critical focus to connecting young people to careers and gives them a tangible way to connect.”

Throughout the week, TRWIB will hold a broad series of events that will expose young people to job opportunities and will:

  •     provide services for job seekers at many local branches of Citizens Bank via PA CareerLink® Pittsburgh/Allegheny County,
  •     offer workshops on financial literacy, interview prep and resume writing skills for parents,
  •     provide school districts with resources to help them prepare young people for careers,
  •     offer career activities in Pittsburgh Public Schools and regional Boys & Girls clubs,
  •     create opportunities for more than 100 youth who will spend a half or full day in a Job Shadow, “shadowing” a working adult to see the day-to-day responsibilities of a job,
  •     hold mock interviews and offer career preparation activities and a career exploration fair for young people who are aging out of foster care, and
  •     showcase options for work that are available through the Carpenters Union Apprenticeship Program and several other unions in the region, providing time to interact with skilled journeyman and do hands-on activities with bricklayers, operating engineers and other types of workers.

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

Created by Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB), Imagine! Career Week is designed to connect people to career options that are available now in our region and provide employers with a pipeline of individuals who are ready to work.    

Imagine! Career Week gives young people and families the chance to participate in resume- writing and interviewing workshops, explore a wide variety of career options and connect with employers who can provide them with paid internships and job opportunities. For employers, Imagine! Career 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.

Aside from Citizens Bank Foundation as the lead sponsor, partners for the event are: The Allegheny Intermediate Unit, PA CareerLink® Pittburgh/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.

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.

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 http://www.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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