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Powered by PWDA, [email protected] inspires leaders to connect through a series of conversations, to collaborate, to strategize, to build capacity, and to identify innovative solutions that lifts up Pennsylvania workers, employers, and communities.  

Our services are tailored to meet the professional development and capacity building for workforce development organizations, individual professionals, and to link PWDA members with the knowledge, skills, resources, and partners you need to successfully serve customers. PWDA provides multiple pathways to do this, including: 


Learning Labs

Learning labs are tailored to serve the technical and best practice needs of workforce development professionals and program operators across Pennsylvania.   

Find the Full Agenda and Lab resources HERE


 2021 Learning Series
Quarterly series of webinars on the intersection of workforce development with the social determinants of health, including hunger, childcare, health care, transportation, mental health, the pandemic, and more. Putting context to workforce development and parallel systems or issues, the learning series will feature a panel of experts, discussing current trends, policy priorities, and innovative practices that attendees can incorporate into their local strategy and network.  Attendees will be able to engage in questions and answers with the panelists. 

2022 Schedule to be Released Soon! 
Missed the December 9th Learning Series? 
Find more on our 2021 Series:  Housing, Reentry, and Food Security here. 

WIOA Reauthorization Roundtables

Roundtable discussions identify what's working with WIOA, crafting alternative proposals to what's not working, and shaping Pennsylvania's footprint into reauthorization efforts. PWDA will leverage these roundtables as part of its advocacy efforts.

All Roundtables will occur virtually from 9:00am-10:30am; Space is Limited. 

January 6, 2022: One Stop Operators 
January 13, 2022: Youth Services 
January 20, 2022: Business Services & Engagement
January 27, 2022: Training Services
February 3, 2022: Core Programs and Partners
February 10, 2022: Title I Priority of Service
Reserve Your Seat! Sign up Today! 

Staff Forums

Intended to bring together workforce development and partner staff from across the Commonwealth for open dialogue and peer networking. PWDA kicks-off the staff forum series to gather new/entry-level staff in PWDA member and industry organizations - learn more about workforce development across PA, PWDA resources, and get your questions, inquiries answered!  

TBD: New Staff(FREE for PWDA members) 
The New Staff Forum supports Peer:Peer discussion for new and entry-level staff in Pennsylvania's workforce development system, partner organizations, and other professionals supporting Pennsylvanians in their career paths and  assisting employers to tap into the skilled talent they need. 



Annual Conference
Acclaimed for its informative and engaging speakers across more than 60 workshops and keynotes, this yearly event supports staff at all levels from front-line to executive decision-makers, as well as planners, policy-makers, and administrators. The multi-day Conference offers opportunities to promote and learn promising practices, understand current and anticipated trends, hear about new service designs and tools, network with other professionals and more! 

Registration Opens January 3, 2022!


The Symposium
Supporting discussions around Policy, Peers, and Practice, the Symposium brings professionals from across workforce development, education, training to discuss, network, and learn about topics impacting Workforce Development and offers attendees the ability to influence their strategies, program designs, and capacity building needs. 

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2021 Workforce Development Symposium!

September 19-21, 2022
The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, State College, PA


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