While York County companies add hundreds of jobs per year, business nearly halts when there aren’t enough qualified candidates to fill the gaps, says Sully Pinos of the York County Economic Alliance.
The lack of talented individuals to take on these jobs leads to increased costs, loss of bids, and struggling economic stability. As part of the YCEA’s Pathways to Prosperity initiative, the YCEA is taking a multi-faceted approach to filling local jobs and helping businesses grow.
“We’ve focused on workforce development because our county’s prosperity is dependent on it,” says Pinos, the Director of Business Solutions and Innovation for the YCEA. “We want to serve as the convener system to help our region’s employers connect to the job seekers they need to meet their workforce demands and connect those job seekers to training opportunities.”
While the center teaches the main aspects of leadership and provides experience for students, it also helps students develop the finer aspects of the business world – like how to hand someone your business card or proper dinner etiquette.
“I think they’re important because the soft skills are how we connect with people,” Nicole says. “It comes down to the soft skills when you’re hired for a position. That could be the decisionmaker between you and another candidate.”
Guise is currently studying Agricultural Education and Extension at Penn State but is looking to use her newly acquired skills to break a stigma about her generation.