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by providing employment opportunities

The Employment Institute 

The Employment Institute offers 13 nationally recognized certification programs, employment opportunities, life skills and work readiness training, education services and employment exposure/search services. With 130 employing partners and 100 referral agencies throughout the region, we are a highly respected and award-winning workforce development program that helps individuals find a good paying and sustainable career. 

When individuals graduate from one of the Employment Institute's programs, they are prepared to take on the real world of work and have the training to succeed.

The Employment Institute works with individuals age 14 and older. 

National Certifications

  • OSHA 10

  • OSHA 30


  • Asbestos Awareness

  • Lead Awareness

  • Confined Space

  • Flagger

  • ServSafe (Culinary Program)

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Customer Service

  • Advanced Customer Service

  • Digital Work Ethic Badge

  • RAMP (Food & Beverage)

Programs and Services

  • Digital Work Ethic Badge

  • Case Management

  • Access to Auberle's 412 Youth Zone

  • Pre-Employment Services

  • GED Courses and Completion

  • High School Graduation and Post-Secondary Education and Enrollment Support 

  • Tutoring and Mentorship 

  • College/Trade School Application Assistance and Tours

  • Financial Management Classes

  • Housing Application Support

  • Driver's Training Program

  • Document Recovery: Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, State ID 

  • Food Pantry Access

  • Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Counseling

  • Legal Assistance 

  • Work Experience 

  • Work Attire and Safety Equipment 

Find out more about the employment institute's osha-40 training:

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Charles Saunders and the Positive Domino Effect of Reentry Programs:

Impact the Person, Impact the Family, Impact the Community

Digital Work Ethic Badge

Individuals involved in the Digital Work Ethic Badge program will learn the necessary skills and competencies that correlate with excellent work ethic and job performance. By learning these skills and competencies, participants will not only walk away with tangible and transferable work ethic experience but they will also develop confidence in their professional capabilities

Work Badges Include: 

  • Positive Attitude

  • Honesty and Integrity

  • Adaptibility

  • Motivation to Grow and Learn

  • Professionalism

  • Teamwork

  • Punctuality

  • Attendance

  • Ability to Follow Directions

  • Communication

Learn more:

Corporate Partnership Opportunities

Employment Institute Application

Employment Institute Success in 2020-2021


Individuals Served 


Youth Gained Permanent Employment 


Employment Partners Creating "Pipelines"

Contact the Employment Institute

1101 Hartman Street

McKeesport, PA 15132

Abby Wolensky

 Director of the Employment Institute

412-673-5856 ext. 1317

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