About the Workforce & Business Development Program
A rising tide lifts all boats…
The MVI Workforce & Business Development program was formed to provide assistance to unemployed and under-employed individuals to prepare for and to identify opportunities for employment. Our team also works with current and potential Mon Valley employers to link them to resources to help them grow.
Since its initiation in 2000, our team has worked to build the program into a wellspring of resources for individuals who have significant barriers to overcome before securing a job. After realizing that individuals with barriers due to a criminal background made up over half of our workforce program participants, the Workforce & Business Development Team began to focus more attention on identifying employers who are able and willing to accept job seekers with criminal backgrounds.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Re-entry Coalition (SPARC) is a name given to a group of government and non-profit organizations united under the common goal of providing specialized services to job-seekers whose criminal record creates barriers to employment.
Formed by our Workforce & Business Development Program’s founding Director, SPARC is an aspect of our workforce program focused specifically on providing a clearer path for formerly incarcerated individuals to successfully return to the community. Our program has become a top choice of individuals who need assistance as they re-enter the workforce.
Financial self-sufficiency of individuals in the communities we serve creates important benefits to the population as a whole: increasing the personal incomes of residents results in an increase in the tax base.
We provide assistance to job seekers at our Homestead office through classroom work, one-on-one counseling, and career exploration workshops. The goal of the Workforce & Business Development Team is to assist job seekers to prepare for and find work, remove barriers to employment, and to promote job retention. The team also works to invite and welcome businesses into our communities.