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 102 employing partners and 89 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.

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 

National Certifications

  • OSHA 10

  • OSHA 30


  • Asbestos Awareness

  • Lead Awareness

  • Confined Space

  • Flagger

  • ServSafe (Culinary Program)

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Customer Service

  • Advanced Customer Service

  • Smarter Robotics

  • Digital Work Ethic Badge

  • RAMP (Food & Beverage)

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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

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Corporate Partnership Opportunities

Employment Institute Application

Workplace Opportunities

Employment Institute Success

In 2018-2019:




individuals served 

youth gained permanent employment 

employment partners creating "pipelines"

Contact the Employment Institute

1101 Hartman Street

McKeesport, PA 15132

Abby Wolensky

Deputy Director of the Employment Institute

412-673-5856 ext. 1317

Auberle Main Campus

1101 Hartman Street

McKeesport, PA 15132


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Site Published: 2016

2017 Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award

2016 NAACP McKeesport Unit Annual Community Organization Award