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Category: Workforce and Business Development

Highmark, AHN launch pilot program to connect community health to social care

Highmark Health, Allegheny Health Network announce 20 community benefit organizations to participate in $1M value-based arrangement Pilot Aims to Better Connect Medical Care and Social Care to Improve Community Health Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) today announced the launch of a multi-year initiative to create a high-performing social care network that will compensate

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Free 13-week entrepreneurship class begins June 3

Do you ever think of starting your own business? Well — maybe you should. On June 3, Mon Valley Initiative is launching a free, 13-week online workshop for people interested in entrepreneurship — including in fields such as auto repair, contracting, HVAC maintenance, hair and beauty care, restaurants and catering. Maybe you’re already in one of

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Workforce Program: Pulling together to help Mon Valley residents recover from the pandemic’s effects

In less than three years, MVI’s Workforce Development & Financial Coaching program had to re-invent itself not once, but twice—first, when the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns shut the doors of many employers, and again when the economy re-opened under entirely new, and unexpected, conditions. “The employment market died and was reborn, in a way,” says T.

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Final deadline to apply for rent, utility assistance is March 31

Allegheny County officials are urging residents who need emergency rent or utility relief — and who have not yet applied for it — to do so before March 31. Persons who qualify for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or ERAP, can have past-due rent and utility payments made — if funding remains available — but

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Job market has new opportunities for workforce participants

Mon Valley Initiative’s 10-week pre-employment certificate program recently began its second year. T. Charles Howell IV, MVI director of workforce development & financial coaching, said the latest group of participants began their online classes in mid-January. The online certificate classes cover topics such as “writing resumes that win,” virtual interviewing, cultural diversity, and credit and

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Workforce team celebrates 20 years helping residents find career paths

Mon Valley Initiative’s Workforce Development & Financial Coaching program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021. Since 2001, MVI coaches have been helping people re-enter the workforce by providing them with referrals to training and educational opportunities, resume creation help, job-interview practice sessions, on-site job fairs, advice for individuals with criminal backgrounds and personalized career planning

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Don’t fumble your finances: Free event Dec. 7 will help residents tackle their goals

With 2022 just around the corner, Mon Valley Initiative wants to help local residents make a new year’s resolution to be better prepared financially. “Tackle Your Financial Goals VI” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7, says T. Charles Howell IV, MVI director of workforce development & financial coaching. This is the sixth time

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New 10-week online certificate program covers resume writing, other skills

One of the most popular programs offered by Mon Valley Initiative’s Workforce Development & Financial Coaching team — free computer skills class — was forced to suspend operations in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, MVI is resuming courses with online instruction, and is also offering an additional 10-week pre-employment certificate program. The first

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Need assistance paying your rent? We can help

If you’re a renter who lost your job due to the coronavirus pandemic, and you need help applying for rental assistance, call MVI. Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency are administering the programs, created under the state’s Rent Relief Program and the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. As a member

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Q&A: What should I do if I can’t pay my bills?

A lot of people are struggling with unemployment or losses of income during shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. MVI staff members have compiled this list of tips and suggestions that may be helpful. What do I do if I can’t make my home loan or rent payment? If you have a mortgage and can’t

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