Employment Advancement and Retention Network
The Montgomery County Employment Advancement and Retention Network (EARN) provides job-search assistance, guidance, and support to its participants. EARN is comprised of a dedicated staff that are committed to helping participants achieve their goals.
Program participants create a plan of action to gain employment and are offered guidance toward empowerment and self-sufficiency. Resources such as The Career Wardrobe, computer labs, life-skills workshops, on-site recruitment events, and individualized attention are all utilized to ensure that success is EARNed.
The EARN Program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services through TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Participants must have children and be referred to this program by the County Assistance Office.
Enrollment & Orientation
Program Services Overview
Multi Generational Program
Meet the Team!
Read more about the dedicated staff that are here to help!
Jamal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Temple University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Shippensburg University. He utilizes his education and passion for helping people in his role as EARN Program Director to facilitate programming that brings out the best in both participants and staff. Jamal believes that every challenge presents and opportunity and it is his goal to ensure all EARN participants have ample opportunities and support to meet their goals.
Chris has been working in career development for over 10 yrs and in that time has acquired her Master’s in Business Administration. As the Business Service Liaison, Chris's primary goal is to help connect EARN program participants to employment opportunities that align with their experience, interests, and goals. She utilizes her connections with the Business Services Team to identify existing or new opportunities with area employers that fit the needs of each participant. In her spare time, she enjoys creating memories with her children.
Tatiana is the newest addition to the EARN team filling the role of Client Advocate. She was born in Ukraine and came to the United States in 1993. Tatiana speaks Russian and Ukrainian and joins the workforce development systems after years in Information Technology. Her background, experience with the PA CareerLink® Montgomery County, and passion for helping those in need make her a perfect addition to the EARN team. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to assist program participants and looks forward to serving her community.
As the Retention Career Coach of the Montgomery County EARN Program, Tamika assists participants who have recently obtained employment. She steps in and builds meaningful connections and provides assistance in assuring their employment is continuously maintained. If any of her participants are faced with issues that could jeopardize their employment, Tamika meets with them to gather ideas and develop strategies to remediate the issue at hand to ensure retention is met. She has a passion for helping each person successfully overcome barriers and reach their goals.
Brittany is a Career Coach in the EARN program and her goal is to provide support and assistance to each of her participants as they strive for their training, education, or employment goals while helping to mitigate any barriers to success along the way. As a previous participant in both the EARN and KEYS programs, Brittany has vast experience with the regulations of both programs and is able to help her participants make informed decisions. She is advocate of higher education and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from West Chester University.
Fran is a graduate of Temple University and has several years’ experience in case management. Before joining the EARN staff, she was a Case Manager for children. Fran is a kind and compassionate person that wants the best for others. She seeks to empower and help her participants identify and set realistic goals. Fran provides unwavering support to help each individual take the necessary steps to achieve their goals. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, yoga and physical activity, reading, photography, embroidery, soap and candle making, and being outdoors.
Matt has been EARN's Behavioral Health Advocate since 2018 and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of PA since 2017. He has over 10 years of experience in the mental health industry in case management, residential, partial care, and outpatient settings, working with children, adults, and individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Matt utilizes a client-centered approach as he believes each person is an expert in their own life. He sees his role as someone who asks questions and helps people challenge their assumptions in order to see things from another perspective. His motto is "I try to be there with people and walk with them, but never push or pull."
Althea joined the Montgomery County EARN team in 2022 as a Career Coach. She thrives on helping individuals see their potential and works hard to help each participant overcome challenges that may be holding them back. Althea loves having the opportunity to to have a positive impact on the lives of others especially when it comes to helping them meet their training and employment goals. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, spending time with family, DIY projects, and crafts.