Mercyhurst College and Pennsylvania CareerLink, Erie County, are joining forces in an effort to better serve individuals in the community who seek career advancement and training. This recently formed partnership is the first that PA CareerLink, Erie County, has formed with a traditional college.
“We’re pleased to contribute to this important effort,” said Dr. Michael Lyden, vice president of enrollment and director of adult and graduate programs at Mercyhurst. “PA Career Link is a real asset to the Erie community and a source of both help and hope to those it serves. Our programs will complement the education and training options provided by the current partners, and expand the choices available to the clients.”
Through the partnership, admissions staff from Mercyhurst’s North East and West campuses, as well as its Adult College, will be at PA CareerLink, Erie County office, 1309 French St., three to four days each week to provide information, assistance and guidance to interested clients. The Mercyhurst staff will help them locate financial aid resources, fill out admissions applications and financial aid forms, and advise them on appropriate educational and career paths.
“This is one more opportunity for us to use our resources to serve the community,” said Travis Lindahl, director of admissions at Mercyhurst North East.
CareerLink is a one-stop system that provides high quality workforce development and career services to employers and job seekers. An equal employment opportunity provider, CareerLink supports local and regional economic development activities by connecting businesses with qualified people, and people with training, jobs and careers.
“A vital component of the PA CareerLink, Erie County one-stop system, is the relationship that exists between community partners,” said Erika Ramalho, CareerLink administrator. “We not only partner with various state agencies, but also with local economic development agencies, educational and training institutions, school districts, and employment agencies.”
It is anticipated that this new partnership will benefit all parties involved: Mercyhurst, PA CareerLink, and the community.