POTTSVILLE, Pa.— The Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council (NEPA MAEC) is thrilled to announce a substantial donation of $2,500 from two respected organizations, Alvernia University and Cardinal Systems, Inc. This generous contribution will go towards the Your Employability Skills Program (YES) at Schuylkill Haven Area High School.
The YES program, administered by NEPA MAEC, is a year-round elective course. It lasts for 120 hours and earns students 1 credit. This program focuses on filling the gap in basic skills that many employers find lacking in job applicants. It covers 38 different modules, including things like communication, teamwork, how to do well in interviews, writing resumes and cover letters, filling out job applications, managing personal finances, resolving conflicts, and managing time effectively.
Darlene J. Robbins, President of NEPA MAEC, highlighted the importance of this donation for the YES program, saying, “The support from Alvernia University and Cardinal Systems shows how our local business community cares about our young people. By investing in the YES program and these students at Schuylkill Haven, we are making sure that our youth have the skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive job market. This donation will allow for better connections to the business community through program tours, guest speakers, and mock interviews.”
Alvernia University is dedicated to improving access to affordable higher education and economic development in the Pottsville and greater Schuylkill County region. With the recent opening of the university’s downtown Pottsville CollegeTowne location, Alvernia is expanding offerings to local high school dual enrollment programs while continuing to focus on the area’s adult and continuing education students.
“As an institution of higher education dedicated to providing world-class experiential learning and career readiness programs for all our students, we are proud to support an initiative that fosters career development skills for high school students,” said Alvernia University President Glynis A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. “This is not only an investment in the future of these young minds, but the prosperity of our region’s future workforce.
“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Alvernia University and Cardinal Systems for their generous sponsorship of the YES program at Schuylkill Haven Area High School,” said SHAHS Principal Ty Wartman. “Your support not only enriches the educational experiences of our students but also strengthens our community bonds. We hope to see this program continue to grow and prepare our students for life after high school.”
NEPA MAEC wants to express its heartfelt thanks to both Alvernia University and Cardinal Systems for their generous contributions to the YES program. Together, they are making a big difference in helping the next generation to acquire the skills necessary for success in their future careers.
For more information about the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council (NEPA MAEC) and the Your Employability Skills Program (YES), please visit www.nepamaec.com.
About Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council:
Since 2006, the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council’s mission has been to provide programs and services that will develop a qualified workforce and competitive business community in northeastern Pennsylvania. NEPA MAEC offers a range of programs including the YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Certificate Program, YES Northeast Workshop Series, and the Schuylkill County Career Fair.
About Alvernia University:
Alvernia University is a Catholic comprehensive university with a liberal arts foundation founded by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters in 1958. The university serves nearly 3,000 students in Reading, Pottsville and Philadelphia with a unique blend of rigorous liberal arts education, strong technical training in many high demand majors, ever-expanding experiential learning opportunities through study abroad and internship experiences and community engagement through its Franciscan-based community service model.