Officials take close look at CareerLink

With some budget cuts being anticipated, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] are looking the region's various CareerLink sites."As we're working through the process with our partners, to date we've confirmed that Potter, McKean and Elk [counties] will all be able to remain comprehensive centers," said Susie Snelick, Workforce Investment Board Director. "That is the result of partners stepping up and looking at cost-savings, looking at budgets and being able to continue to contribute and maintain comprehensive sites."With Cameron County, we're going to move forward with that as an access to point-- basically services are going to be available in that county but they're going to be available on an intermittent basis."Partners that will be participating include Title I, the EARN program, the Bureau of Workforce Development Partnerships and the state's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation."We have a town hall meeting set for Aug. 31 and we've invited partners, community members and the public, everyone who would be interested in attending that are more than welcome," Snelick said. "We want the community to understand that we're really not losing anything, the services will still be maintained pretty much the way they are now-- it's just an issue of resources and activity levels. "As far as Jefferson and Clearfield [counties], we currently have three centers operating in the two counties and we're still going through the whole analysis and partners are still working on budgets to see what they're going to be able to maintain but it looks as if we'll have three centers again in those two counties, maybe on a smaller square footage basis."