To create a highly skilled work force in Northeastern Pennsylvania through integration of school, employment, and training processes.
Area industries are maintaining their competitive edge. Credit goes to the workforce which is highly skilled, adaptable to changing needs, and committed to excellence. Employment candidates come with solid basic skills in reading, writing, math, science, and communications. They also understand how to solve problems and make decisions. They take individual initiative, demonstrate high integrity, and work well in teams.
The best and brightest students are gearing toward careers with area employers. They have a good understanding of career opportunities, are studying hard to compete for the available openings, and employers are making better recruiting decisions.
Because schools and colleges have a good understanding of business’ requirements and opportunities, innovative educational systems are available in the area. This results in better prepared, more work-ready prospective employees. Most talented youth from the area are employed in local businesses and no longer feel they have to leave for good careers.
Overall workforce training costs are down. Because of increased entry level skills, the learning curve for new employees is much shorter. Qualified employees are hired earlier and turnover is down. Because of reduced attrition, the cost to train replacement employees has dropped off significantly. Joint training development and delivery between companies is saving money and making it economical to offer training locally which previously was unavailable without leaving the area. Training costs are shared among businesses, state, schools, and individuals.
Students understand academic requirements for careers of interest and are making informed career decisions. Fewer students are making false starts in post-secondary educational programs and college costs for parents and students are down.
An industry and education consortium Board of Directors is in place with representatives from leading employment sectors, schools, and colleges in the area. They own success of the consortium initiative and meet periodically to steer the effort. NTIEC staff members are working directly with schools and employers to coordinate joint programming.
Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium
PO Box 200
Dimock, PA 18816
Phone: (570) 278-5038
Fax: (570) 278-2731