MontcoWorks

MontcoWorks Overview

MontcoWorks administers workforce programming that is designed to meet the diverse needs of employers and job seekers in Montgomery County.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 establishes local workforce development areas nationwide, tasked with the designation of available funding to stimulate economic development by strengthening the workforce. MontcoWorks serves Montgomery County as the local area’s workforce development board, providing market-driven information and services that align with regional and statewide workforce development planning.

MontcoWorks board members are appointed by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners in accordance with WIOA regulations. Membership is comprised of business leaders (51%) and representatives from education, community organizations, economic development, labor organizations and PA CareerLink® Montgomery County partners.

MontcoWorks Programs and Services

MontcoWorks Partner Resources

Draft 2022-2023 High Priority Occupations List

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Workforce System has established High Priority Occupations (HPOs) as one component of Pennsylvania’s industry-driven approach to workforce development. The purpose of the HPO list is to align workforce training and education investments with occupations that are in demand by employers, have higher skill needs and are most likely to provide family-sustaining wages.High Priority Occupations2 Opens in new window

Read more about HPOs and the methodology used to determine inclusion on the list.

The workforce development boards in southeast Pennsylvania, including Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia collaborated to develop and submit 27 petitions for occupations to be added to each areas HPO list. 

CWIA will release the final 2022 HPO lists in August 2022.

View the 2022-2023 HPO Draft List for Montgomery County

Goals

  • Provide up-to-date regional and local Labor Market Information to public and private sector decision-makers, guiding ongoing workforce programming
  • Inventory, assess, and broker employment services to help facilitate seamless service delivery for Montgomery County’s businesses, adults, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, TANF-recipients, and youth
  • Create a long-term local workforce development plan
  • Develop policies that direct implementation of county-wide workforce programming
  • Procure and provide oversight for operations and WIOA Title I service delivery at the PA CareerLink® Montgomery County, a proud partner of the American Job Center® Network. To visit PA CareerLink® online, go to www.pacareerlink.pa.gov 
  • Procure and provide oversight for service delivery of the Montgomery County Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN) program
  • Procure and provide oversight for service delivery of MontcoWorks NOW programming for youth and young adults ages 14-24
  • Meet the needs of employers through innovative approaches to recruitment, on-the-job training, incumbent worker training and customized job training while looking ahead to help build a future pipeline of skilled workers.
  • Promote Industry Partnerships among Montgomery County business leaders by sector, focusing a collaborative effort on planning for the current and future success of their respective industries.

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule 2022

Members

Suzanne Ryan - ChairExternal Affairs Manager, PECO Energy

Dorothy Miller - Vice ChairLab Services Coordinator, Merck & Co. Inc.

Jason AcreePresident & Assistant Manager, LU126, IBEW

Dr. Victoria Bastecki-PerezPresident, Montgomery County Community College

Kevin BoyleFinancial Secretary-Treasurer / Business Manager, Ironworkers’ Local Union No. 401

Kelly Canally-BrownDirector of Programs and Services, Family Services

Susan ClauserDirector of Adult Education, Keystone Opportunities Center

Michael CoakleyDirector in Audit & Accounting Group, Kreischer Miller

Rochelle Culbreath Public & Government Affairs Liaison, SEPTA

Marybeth FergusonAssistant Regional Director, Southeast Bureau of Workforce Partnership and Operations, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

Catherine Judge CardilloDirector Pennsylvania Advocacy, Trinity Health

Pamela KellyPresident/CEO, Pennsuburban Chamber of Greater Montgomery County

Solomon KimVice President of Financial Planning, Morgan Stanely Wealth Management

Wendy KlinghofferExecutive Director, Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

France KrazalkovichVice President of Operations, KPInterface, Inc.

Peggy Lee-ClarkExecutive Director, Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc. (PAID)

Kyle LongacreDean of Workforce and Economic Development, Montgomery County Community College

Barbara O’MalleyDeputy Chief Operating Officer, County of Montgomery

Paul PappasergiDirector of Contracts Management, Eckerd Connects

Shanae StallworthActing District Administrator, PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Keith Taylor - President, Zachary's BBQ and Soul

Megan Tomlinson - Director of Events, Membership and Services, Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board

Kelly Weiss - Co-Owner, Perkiomen Valley Brewery


2021-2024 WIOA Local Plan and Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Plan

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires local workforce development boards and workforce regions to develop and publish a strategic plan every four years that details workforce service delivery and compliance. The Montgomery County Workforce Development Board, MontcoWorks, is proud to post the Fiscal Years 2021-2024 WIOA Local Plan along with the Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Plan.

Montgomery County Local Plan

Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Plan

PA CareerLink® Montgomery County

At PA CareerLink® Montgomery County, meeting the needs of our career seekers and employers is a top priority. Give us a call at 610-270-3429 to learn more about the many ways we can help you through a full range of in-person and virtual services including:

  • General Unemployment Compensation claim guidance and support (we do not determine eligibility but can help answer questions)
  • Career Counseling
  • A full menu of online workshops 
  • Short-term online and in-person (where available) training programs
  • Support services which can include direct service referrals through our partnership with Community Connections, assistance with transportation (as needed), supplies/equipment needed for training or employment, and other supports needed to successfully complete their online training and enter employment (we are prepared to go as close to the edge of the box without going outside of it for support services).

Visit the PA CareerLink® Montgomery County page here. Follow @PACLMontCo on social media! Text "PACLMontCo" to 22828 to sign up for updates, hot jobs, training opportunities, and much more!

MontcoWorks*NOW

Programming is still available for youth through 24 years old. MontcoWorks*NOW staff are actively working with all enrolled program participants to ensure activities continue remotely. They are also planning to enroll additional participants remotely and can offer access to PA CareerLink® Montgomery County services plus the following:

Life-sustaining/community based Paid Work Experience


EARN

All enrolled participants are meeting ongoing requirements for their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits through online/remote career development activities and have access to ongoing supportive services and case management. We are receiving new referrals and conducting enrollment orientations remotely.

Contact Us

  1. MontcoWorks

    Physical Address

    Human Services Center

    1430 DeKalb Street, 5th Floor

    Norristown, PA 19401

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    Mailing Address

    Human Services Center

    P.O. Box 311

    Norristown, PA 19404


    Phone

    610-278-5950

    Dial 711 for TTY-based Telecommunications Relay Services

    Hours

    Monday - Friday

    8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.


    Jennifer Butler

    Executive Director of MontcoWorks

    Montgomery County Workforce Development Board

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MontcoWorks is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.