Release Date:Sunday, February 24, 2013

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Released By:Robert A. Cardamone, Executive Director

Community Action, Inc. Honors New Choices Career Development Graduates

Robert A. Cardamone, Executive Director of Community Action, Inc., announced Community Action, Inc. honored sixteen New Choices Career Development graduates on February 7, 2013 at the Heritage House in Brookville, PA. Graduates received a Certificate of Graduation for successfully completing 50 hours of career development and basic computer skills training.

The 50-hour graduation requirement included four weeks of training on topics such as skill identification, career exploration, goal setting, job search strategies, interviewing, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Graduates also developed a resume and cover letter.

The Career Development Course is an excellent opportunity for individuals to learn to recognize skills and develop goals for the future,” said Tonya Mauk, Career Development Supervisor at Community Action, Inc. “The class helps students gain confidence and empowers them to take action to progress to the next step in their career path.”

Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre served as the commencement speaker. He recognized the significance of the graduates’ accomplishment and highlighted the importance of meeting employer expectations and making a positive first impression. “By attending (New Choices Career Development classes) you have opened up your network and will have more opportunities to make an impression on a potential employer,” said McIntyre.

Tonya Mauk closed the ceremony with a challenge to the graduates to continue to set goals toward achieving their dreams.

The next New Choices Career Development classes will begin on March 4, 2013 in Punxsutawney and April 16, 2013 in Clarion. All courses are free and designed to provide individuals the skills necessary to find and maintain employment in the current economy. To register for Community Action, Inc.’s Career Development classes, call (814) 938-5866 or (877) 580-6739, ext. 210, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Community Action, Inc.’s Mission is to provide and coordinate activities which alleviate poverty, promote family self-sufficiency, and advance community prosperity. To learn more about Community Action, Inc., please visit our website at

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Front Row From Left: Jeannette Harding; Randy Snyder; Wineen Lavoie; Corey Schlemmer; and Tonya Mauk, Career Development Supervisor. Back Row From Left: Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre; Amanda Boozer, Career Development Instructor; Terry Bouch; Wanita Cotton; Philip Bashline; Justin Martin; Heather Cochenour; and Karen Best, Career Development Instructor. Not Pictured: Donna Bashline; Susan Robinson; Deborah Barilar; Melissa Uplinger; Kristine Johnson; and Delona Bowser. The next classes are scheduled to begin March 4, 2013 in Punxsutawney and April 16, 2013 in Clarion. For more information please call (814) 938-5866 or (877) 580-6739, ext. 210.

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Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce

Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce

Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry

Free Medical Clinic of DuBois

The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club

Workforce Solutions for North Central PA

NWPA Job Connect

Contact Information

105 Grace Way
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Phone: (814) 938-3302

Mission Statement

Community Action, Inc. will be a community catalyst to provide and coordinate activities which promote family self-sufficiency and advance community prosperity.

Vision Statement

Community Action, Inc. will be recognized as a premier organization dedicated to solving social and economic problems of the community.

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