Community Action, Inc. Honors New Choices Career Development Graduates

IMGBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Community Action, Inc. honored seventeen New Choices Career Development graduates on May 13, 2015 at the Heritage House in Brookville, PA.

Graduates received a Certificate of Graduation for successfully completing career development and basic computer skills training.

The 50-hour graduation requirement included training on topics including: skill identification; career exploration; goal setting; job-search strategies; interviewing; and the Microsoft Office Suite.

Graduates also developed a resume and cover letter.

“The New Choices Career Development Course helps students gain confidence and empowers them to take action to progress to the next step in their career path,” said Tonya Mauk, Career Development Supervisor at Community Action, Inc. “Students get to know more about themselves and learn what jobs are compatible with their skills. It is also a great way to gain computer skills needed to job search.”

Jefferson County Commissioner Paul Corbin served as the commencement speaker. He recognized the significance of the graduates’ accomplishment, and highlighted the importance of making a positive first impression and meeting employer expectations.

Graduates shared their experiences followed by Career Development Case Manager, Lisa Doty sharing an inspirational poem, “Attitude.” The program closed with a reminder for New Choices graduates to contact staff for follow up appointments as needed.

The next New Choices Career Development class is expected to occur in the fall of 2015.

All courses are free and designed to provide individuals the skills necessary to find and maintain employment in the current economy.

For more information or to register for Community Action, Inc.’s Career Development classes, call (814) 226-4785 or (800) 997-7661, ext. 206, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or email [email protected].

Community Action, Inc.’s Mission is to provide and coordinate activities which alleviate poverty, promote family self-sufficiency, and advance community prosperity.

To learn more about Community Action, Inc., please visit our website at

(Photo-Front Row (from left): Jessica Latta, Amanda Cataroche, and Barbara Gilhousen; Second Row (from left): Jefferson County Commissioner Paul Corbin, Career Development Supervisor Tonya Mauk, Sheri Hart, Laura Page, Cathy Gauthier, Judy Dickerson, and Tamala Clark. Third Row (from left): Edward Wonderling III, Bernie Bendal, Hannah Bendal, Phillip Beveridge, John R. Kerr Jr, Megan Cotherman, and John Balash. Not Present: Brandon Hinderliter, Amber Schill, and Beverly Fye.)

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