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Senator Wayne D. Fontana

Skills for Success: The Fontana Series Re-Launching March 19th

Skills For Success Skills For Success As many of you know, last year I was proud to partner with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) to provide grant funding for a series aimed at building skills as well as creating excellent resumes and applications that aid job seekers in achieving the position they want. In the fall, Skills for Success: The Fontana Series debuted at seven CLP branch locations. I am excited to announce that this series will continue this March, free of charge to attendees.

Recently, it has been brought to my attention how much of a success this initiative has been for many of the past attendees who have been able to secure new positions. Joyce McGuire of Green Tree went to the October session and within a month received two job offers and has accepted a new position with a local company.

“I chose to be open-minded and attend the program for any tips to gain employment and it changed my life,” Ms. McGuire said recently. “The program has a lot of tools and helped me prepare and utilize my skills to pursue a future career.”

Within a few days of attending Skills for Success last fall, Jerae Palmer of Pittsburgh was able to land a desired position.

“I’m calling to celebrate a success,” Ms. Palmer said. “I moved a mountain – a big mountain – in a couple of days because I was so motivated when I left that class!”

Rachel Masilamani and Georgiana Deming will again lead Skills for Success: The Fontana Series, bringing over 10 years combined experience assisting library visitors with job hunting, online applications and resume writing. This series will feature separate workshops: one focused on resumes and cover letters, and the other dedicated to interviews and networking. There will also be a two-hour career lab at each session where attendees can work on online applications and explore library resources. Here, individuals will receive assistance with resumes, interview skills and online application forms. Due to limited space, registration is required for workshops. While registration is encouraged for the career labs, walk-ins are also welcome.

You can register online at Please contact or call 412-281-7141 ext. 2012 with any questions. If you need help with any aspect of the job searching process or have a friend or relative who does, I hope you consider attending one of these free workshops.

Monday, March 19, 3 – 7 p.m.
CLP – Beechview

1910 Broadway Avenue
Resume & Cover Letter Workshop, 3-5 p.m.
Career Lab, 5 – 7 p.m.

Monday, March 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
CLP – Downtown

612 Smithfield Street
Resume & Cover Letter Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m.
Career Lab, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CLP – West End

47 Wabash Avenue
Resume & Cover Letter Workshop, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Career Lab, 2 – 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
CLP – Brookline

708 Brookline Boulevard
Resume & Cover Letter Workshop, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Career Lab, 1 – 3 p.m.

Friday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CLP – Allegheny

1230 Federal Street
Interviewing & Networking Workshop, 10 a.m. - noon
Career Lab, noon – 2 p.m.

Friday, March 30, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
CLP – Mt. Washington

315 Grandview Avenue
Interviewing & Networking Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m.
Career Lab, 3 – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3, noon – 4 p.m.
CLP – Knoxville

400 Brownsville Road
Interviewing & Networking Workshop, noon – 2 p.m.
Career Lab, 2 – 4 p.m.


Starting a Business?

Pittsburgh Public MarketIf you are interested in starting or expanding a food or retail business, Neighbors in the Strip offers the Pittsburgh Public Market as means to launch your business. Located in the Produce Terminal Building at Smallman and 17th Streets in the Strip, Pittsburgh Public Market is a dynamic, year-round, indoor market made up of independent local businesses under one roof. Opportunities are available for start-up businesses and expanding businesses who want to establish a location in the Strip District and add to the mix within the Public Market. For more information, please visit or call Tiffani Emig, Market Manager, at 412-281-4505.

News & Views – Special Edition: JOBS!

I continue to receive an overwhelming response to my News & Views – Special Edition: JOBS! I have received emails from several of you indicating that you have found and secured a job by utilizing this list of available positions and it excites me that this resource has been so beneficial. I know that finding a job can be a difficult process and I will continue to update this listing of employers in our region looking for workers. While this is not an all-inclusive list, it does represent over 4,300 positions.

I am committed to doing everything in my power to ensure that creating and retaining good-paying jobs is part of any discussion we have at the state level. Every issue we tackle in Harrisburg should be looked at through a “job lens” and I continue to express this message to my colleagues so that this list can continue to grow.

Wayne Fontana

84 LUMBER –10 full/part-time jobs posted at headquarters & stores in western PA
Founded in 1956, 84 Lumber Company is the nation’s leading privately held building materials and services supplier to professional contractors and build-it-yourselfers.

ACHIEVA – 20 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Achieva provides lifelong support services to people with disabilities and their families in the western Pennsylvania region.

AEROTECH – 14 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Since 1970, Aerotech has designed and manufactured the highest performance motion control, positioning tables/stages, and positioning systems for customers in industry, government, science, and research institutions around the world.

AK STEEL, INC. – 8 full-time jobs posted in western PA
AK Steel provides both national and international customers with high-quality steel products produced in plants located in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

ALCOA – 23 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY – 53 full/part-time jobs posted
Allegheny County, with a population of approximately 1.3 million, is the second largest county in the Commonwealth.

ALLEGHENY TECHNOLOGIES, INC. – 16 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Allegheny Technologies, which includes Allegheny Ludlum, provides specialty metals to customers worldwide. With headquarters in the Pittsburgh region, Allegheny Technologies has locations across the United States and even in Europe.

AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS - 31 full-time jobs posted in western PA
American Eagle Outfitters is an American clothing and accessories retailer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that targets 15- to 25-year-old males and females, with 900+ retail locations in the U.S. and Canada and an online store.

ANSYS – 27 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
ANSYS is one of the world's leading developers of engineering simulation software, used by product designers and engineers around the world.

ARAMARK – 14 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world.

ATLAS ENERGY – 6 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Atlas Energy owns the general partner of Atlas Pipeline Partners, a midstream energy service provider engaged in the gathering and processing of natural gas in the Mid-Continent region of the U.S., namely in Oklahoma and Texas.

BAYER CORPORATION – 19 full-time jobs posted in western PA
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials.

BEST BUY – 123 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Best Buy is a leading multi-channel global retailer and developer of technology products and services.

BNY MELLON – Over 200 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
BNY Mellon is a leading investment management and investment services company, focused to help clients manage and move their financial assets and succeed in the rapidly changing global marketplace.

BUTLER HEALTH SYSTEM – 72 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Butler Health System provides a team of healthcare professionals to provide a high level of care to patients in both their 296 bed facility and their community, through over 20 outpatient locations.

CALGON CARBON – 14 full-time jobs posted in western PA
Calgon Carbon Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of activated carbon and innovative treatment systems, provides value-added technologies and services for optimizing production processes and safely purifying the environment.

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY – 127 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Carnegie Mellon University is consistently ranked as one of the top universities worldwide, providing a competitive education to its students and beneficial work environment for its employees.

CITIZENS BANK of PENNSYLVANIA – 22 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, part of the Citizens Financial Group, offers banking, savings and other financial services through many branch locations in communities throughout the western Pennsylvania region.

COMCAST – 24 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Comcast Corporation is one of the world’s leading media, entertainment and communications companies.

CONSOL ENERGY – 13 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
A leading diversified energy company in the United States, CONSOL Energy helps generate two-thirds of the nation’s power supply.

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS – 43 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Dick’s Sporting Goods is a Fortune 500 American corporation in the sporting goods and retail industries that is headquartered in the Pittsburgh region with over 300 stores throughout the eastern half of the United States.

DUQUESNE LIGHT – 5 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Duquesne Light Company provides for the transmission and distribution of electric energy, serving more than half a million customers in southwestern PA.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY – 14 full-time jobs currently posted
Duquesne University is a private, coeducational university founded in 1878 as a Catholic college in downtown Pittsburgh.

EAT’N PARK – 15 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Eat'n Park is a restaurant chain based in Homestead with over 75 locations in OH, PA and WV; it began a half century ago as the first Pittsburgh-area drive-in restaurant with carhops.

EATON CORPORATION – 30 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Eaton Corporation has been serving customers for over 100 years, providing them with safe, quality power management products. With locations throughout the world, Eaton employs over 73,000 people and serves customers in over 150 countries.

ENTERPRISE – 11 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers a wide variety of car leasing, vanpooling, car sharing, and hourly rental programs – and local car rental customers are picked up at no extra cost.

EQT – 56 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
EQT has developed smarter and cleaner drilling technologies, enabling them to have grown to be one of the country’s largest natural gas producers.

EXCELA HEALTH – 157 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Located in the western/southwestern Pennsylvania region, Excela Health’s three hospitals provide quality medical care to communities in Westmoreland, Indiana and Fayette counties through an employee base of nearly 6,000 full/part-time and volunteer staff members.

FEDEX GROUND – 64 full/part-time jobs in western PA
FedEx Ground serves the United States and Canada with ground shipping needs that extend both nationally and internationally.

FIRE-DEX OF PITTSBURGH – 3 jobs posted in western PA
Fire-Dex® is part of the fire service market, manufacturing fire fighting clothing, proximity clothing and EMS clothing as well as search & rescue apparel.

FIRST ENERGY – 4 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.

GIANT EAGLE – Over 350 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Giant Eagle is one of the largest, privately-owned grocery store chains in the nation.

HCR MANORCARE – 989 full/part-time jobs in western PA
HCR ManorCare provides quality services in short-term and long-term care across the United States in over 500 nursing, rehabilitation, assisted living, hospice and home health care centers.

HERITAGE VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM – 67 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Heritage Valley Health System is a community-based healthcare service system located primarily within the southwestern Pennsylvania region. Heritage Valley provides medical, surgical and diagnostic care through a network of hospitals and community facilities.

HIGHMARK – 145 full and part-time jobs posted in western PA
Created in 1996 by the consolidation of two Pennsylvania licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Highmark provides millions of people with the security of quality health insurance and is one of the largest health insurers in the United States.

H.J. HEINZ COMPANY – 10 full-time jobs posted in western PA
The H.J. Heinz Company, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a U.S.-based food company with an emphasis on providing delicious, nutritious and convenient foods for families in 200 countries around the world.

HOWARD HANNA REAL ESTATE SERVICES – 6 full/part-time jobs plus Sales Associate jobs in western PA
As one of the largest real estate agencies in the U.S., Howard Hanna Real Estate Services provides customers with residential real estate expertise while providing employees opportunities for growth and advancement.

INDUSTRY WEAPON – 10 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Founded in 2003 and based in Dormont, Industry Weapon's mission is to simplify digital media communications for non- technical users.

J.B. HUNT TRANSPORTATION – Over 40 full/part-time jobs posted throughout PA
J.B. Hunt employs more than 14,500 people, and operates a nationwide fleet of 10,000 tractors and 60,000 trailers.

JEFFERSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER – 77 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Jefferson Regional Medical Center provides healthcare services at its Jefferson Hills campus location as well as outpatient centers in Bethel Park, Pleasant Hills, Brentwood, Clairton, Baldwin, Homestead, Squirrel Hill, Belle Vernon, Charleroi and Uniontown.

MEADOWS RACETRACK & CASINO – 37 full/part-time jobs in western PA
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is located in Washington, PA with four off-track betting locations throughout the region.

MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES – 27 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Established in 1914, MSA is the world's leading manufacturer of safety products designed to protect people throughout the world.

NORFOLK SOUTHERN –12 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Norfolk Southern serves all major eastern container ports and connects with rail partners in the West, linking customers to markets around the world. Norfolk Southern recently announced they would be hiring more than two dozen people in Pittsburgh as conductor trainees as more than 5,000 employees nationwide will be retiring.

PENNSYLVANIA (COMMONWEALTH OF) – 61 full/part-time jobs posted
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has 46,055 square miles of area and a 2010 population of 12.7 million, ranking 6th in the United States.

Created in 1963 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, PHEAA is one of the nation's leading nonprofit student aid organizations and one of the largest employers in Central Pennsylvania.

PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION (PSBA) – Over 20 full/part-time jobs posted in PA
The mission of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association is to promote excellence in school board governance through leadership, service and advocacy for public education. The PSBA website lists open school administrator positions, principals, teachers, coaches and more with school districts throughout the Commonwealth.

PEOPLES NATURAL GAS – 5 full/part-time jobs posted
Peoples Natural Gas provides safe and reliable service to approximately 360,000 homes and businesses in 16 western Pennsylvania counties.

PITT OHIO TRANSPORTATION 10 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PITT OHIO is a transportation solutions provider specializing in trucking services.

PITTSBURGH (CITY OF) – 17 full/part-time jobs posted
Pittsburgh is the second-largest city in the state and the county seat of Allegheny County. Nationally, it is the 22nd-largest urban area in the United States.

PITTSBURGH MERCY HEALTH SYSTEM – 83 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System provides quality mental, physical and spiritual healthcare services to those in need through more than 70 locations in the western Pennsylvania region.

PITTSBURGH SCHOOL DISTRICT – 18 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Pittsburgh Public Schools provide educational services and future opportunity to City of Pittsburgh youth. Working with the Schools can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience.

PITTSBURGH WATER & SEWER AUTHORITY – 1 full-time/1 part-time job posted
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is a municipal authority in Pittsburgh that is responsible for water treatment and delivery systems in the city, as well as the city's sewer system.

PNC –261 full/part-time jobs posted within 50 miles of Pittsburgh
PNC offers a wide range of financial and banking services for all our customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities.

POINT PARK UNIVERSITY – 10 full/part-time jobs currently posted
Founded in 1960, Point Park University is a liberal arts university located in downtown Pittsburgh which boasts an enrollment of over 4,000 full- and part-time students in 85 undergraduate programs and 11 graduate programs.

PORT AUTHORITY of ALLEGHENY COUNTY – 3 full/part-time jobs in western PA
The Port Authority of Allegheny County “connects people to life” by providing public transportation services for nearly 230,000 riders each day with the help of its 2,500 employees.

PPG INDUSTRIES – 44 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
PPG is one of the world’s leading coatings and specialty products and services companies, serving customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets; the company has manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 60 countries around the globe.

PRESBYTERIAN SENIORCARE – 30 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Presbyterian SeniorCare serves the western and southwestern Pennsylvania region with quality living and care options for both seniors and patients with disabilities.

QUEST DIAGNOSTICS – 21 full-time jobs posted in western PA
Quest Diagnostics is a corporation based in the United States that provides clinical laboratory services, with international operations and collaborative agreements with various hospitals and clinics.

RITE AID – 22 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains, operating approximately 4,700 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

RIVERS CASINO – 37 full/part-time jobs posted in Pittsburgh
The Rivers Casino is a casino in Pittsburgh, owned by Holdings Acquisition Co., which opened in 2009.

SCHNEIDER TRANSPORTATION – 6 full/part-time jobs posted in Allegheny County
Schneider National, Inc. is a provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services.

SDLC PARTNERS – 7 full-time jobs posted in Monroeville and Pittsburgh offices
SDLC Partners is a privately held consulting firm that combines operations expertise and thought leadership with technical execution services. Their consulting services are offered in four practice areas: Business Intelligence, IT Effectiveness, Business Transformation, and Technology Delivery.

SIEMENS – 47 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Siemens is a global company that provides energy, healthcare, industry and public technology solutions through an integrated network of services that employs nearly 421,000 people.

ST. CLAIR HOSPITAL – 72 full/part-time jobs in western PA
St. Clair Hospital serves the western Pennsylvania region with a number of healthcare services provided by its staff of over 2,500 people.

THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC – 59 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Thermo Fisher Scientific is the result of a 2006 merger of two well-established scientific instrument companies. Thermo Fisher serves the international science community and has over 35,000 employees.

THE WASHINGTON HOSPITAL – 24 full/part-time jobs in western PA
The Washington Hospital provides healthcare services, including orthopedics, neurosciences, cardiac care, women’s health and emergency services, for the Washington County area.

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH – 246 full/part-time jobs posted
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is today an internationally recognized center of learning and research.

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH MEDICAL CENTER – 500 full/part-time jobs posted PA
UPMC is an $9 billion integrated global nonprofit health enterprise that has 54,000 employees, 20 hospitals, 4,200 licensed beds, 400 outpatient sites and doctors’ offices, a 1.5 million-member health insurance division, as well as commercial and international ventures.

UPS – Over 30 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT – 37 full/part-time jobs in western PA
Working for the United States Government can be a lifelong career opportunity that enables you to help serve your community and county.

UNITED STATES STEEL – 74 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
United States Steel Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States, Canada and Central Europe and an annual raw steelmaking capability of 31.7 million net tons; the company manufactures a wide range of value-added steel sheet and tubular products for the automotive, appliance, container, industrial machinery, construction, and oil and gas industries.

VALERUS – 5 full-time positions available in western PA
Valerus provides a total solutions approach to filling the needs of the world's oil and gas production industry. They offer technical and operational expertise to provide customers with the resources and services they need.

VERIZON & VERIZON WIRELESS – 19 full/part-time jobs posted near Pittsburgh
Verizon is a global leader in delivering innovative communications, information and entertainment.

WASTE MANAGEMENT – 7 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Waste Management partners with customers and communities to manage and reduce waste from collection to disposal while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy.

WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC – 33 full/part-time jobs posted in western PA
Westinghouse Electric Company provides fuel, services, technology, plant design, and equipment to utility and industrial customers in the worldwide commercial nuclear electric power industry.

WEST PENN ALLEGHENY HEALTH SYSTEM – 360 full/part-time jobs in western PA
One of the region’s premier healthcare service providers, West Penn Allegheny Health System provides western Pennsylvanian communities with specialized care and treatment options with the help of over 11,000 staff, healthcare professionals and physicians.

Offices of State Senator Wayne D. Fontana

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