Employment Skills Center

Thank You!

Principal Aaron Carmichael

THANK YOU to everyone who made this year’s Buck a Book Literacy Campaign a great success! The funds raised will allow Employment Skills Center to continue to offer Adult Literacy and Adult Education programs to our community. We are grateful for the support and generosity of our Buck a Book committee members; community sponsors and donors; the Carlisle Area School District administration, staff, librarians, and faculty; Reader Supporters; parents; and all our Buck a Book Kids. Congratulations to LeTort Elementary School for winning the trophies for Most Participation and Most Creative School Campaign and to Mooreland Elementary for winning the trophy for Most Funds Raised Per Capita. Until next year, keep on reading!


March Forklift Training


Employment Skills Center will be offering a free forklift training this March. Students will attend 10 hours of Workplace Skills Training at Employment Skills Center March 13-16 from 9:00 to 11:30 am followed by a full day of sit-down forklift training and certification at Kuehne + Nagel distribution center on Friday, March 17.

Interested? Stop by Employment Skills Center to complete an application and reading assessment. Candidates for the training are also required to complete an interview with the program coordinator. View the qualification and application process here. Download our flyer here!

FREE Environmental Technician Training!


The Redevelopment Authority of Cumberland County has secured an EPA grant to provide three sessions of Environmental Technician Training. The FREE classes will be held at Employment Skills Center in Carlisle with select specialized training dates held at HACC’s Harrisburg campus. HACC will provide all technical training and instruction while Employment Skills Center will provide work-readiness instruction, classroom space, and participant support. The project aims to prepare local residents for employment in the redevelopment of Carlisle’s vacant industrial sites (brownfields) and other jobs related to environmental remediation and cleanup throughout Cumberland County.

The first session will be held February 27 through April 28, 2017. The second cohort will begin in July 2017, and the third cohort will begin in March 2018. This program is a unique opportunity to develop job skills, earn credentials, and explore the field of environmental science. Graduates of the program will be prepared for a variety of jobs related to the cleanup of environmentally contaminated sites or for further studies in environmental science.

To learn more about the program, please plan to attend one of the information sessions scheduled for January:

January 4—1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Cumberland County CareerLink, 1 Alexandra Ct., Carlisle

January 5—6:00 to 7:00 pm at Employment Skills Center, 29 South Hanover St., Carlisle

Click here to read more about the program.

View our flyer here!


Students Earn Forklift Certification


Several students completed our basic Forklift Training last Friday. Students attended ten hours of workplace skills classes followed by a full day of lift truck safety instruction and certification. Thanks to Kuehne + Nagel for hosting the training and to St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Stabler Foundation for funding this program. Our students will make great additions to any workplace!

Giving Tuesday!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… Giving Tuesday is a day for everyone, everywhere to GIVE. You can be part of it on November 29th by giving back to your community in any way you can.
And remember, if you make a new or increased 2016 donation to Employment Skills Center before December 31, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities will match $1 for every $3 you donate, up to $500! There’s never been a better time to give to ESC. Click here to learn more and make your gift!

Ben franklin heading

Get Ready! The Carlisle Downtown Mile is May 18th, 2017!Click Here to Register!