Career Link celebrates success while concerned for funding
PHILADELPHIA - March 24, 2011 (WPVI) -- Pennsylvania Career Link is celebrating the success of its program that helps people get back to work.
But the celebration was tempered by concerns about losing funding for the program.
"Career link has been helping me find a job, and I spend a lot of time here," said Norapath Daychatoin.
Norapath Daychatoin, a native of Thailand, never thought he'd find himself at Career Link; after all, he was a nuclear technician.
"I've been out of work since last February," said Norapath, "and my unemployment has almost run out."
At Pennsylvania Career Link, it doesn't matter how much education you've had, or what you did for a living, because everyone is starting over; learning how to re-tool themselves for today's tough workforce, free of cost.
Officials came together Thursday to celebrate that achievement in honor of National Workforce Day, and also to call on elected officials to stop a potential bill that could jeopardize that.
"HR1 is designed to do two things, to freeze the government's ability to spend funds already budgeted, and the second thing is to zero out funding for the next fiscal year," said Mark Edwards, President of Philadelphia Workforce.
If the legislation passes, it would means that 4 of the 5 Career Link centers in Philadelphia would have to shut down which means, job seekers would have nowhere to go.
And that would mean fewer success stories like that of Abraham Sierra, who finally landed a job.
"Without places like Career Link, we won't be able to link ourselves up with an employer," said Abraham Sierra.
In a city facing a double digit unemployment rate, it's a risk many officials say the city can not afford to take.
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