Employment Service Programs
Life Coach Program
Venango County Human Services has identified the necessity for a Life Coach Program that assists emerging (transitional) adults, ages 17 to 26, and adults in becoming independent members of the community.
Lisa Sanford and Shelley Tantlinger are the Life Coaches for Venango County. Their goal for this voluntary program is to offer support and to help participants develop the competencies they need for self-sufficiency. They are certified to make assessments and a plan of action that is customized to the needs of the individual. The Life Coach Program has developed a mission statement to govern the activities of the program:
"Partnering with people in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires emerging adults to maximize their professional and personal potential."
Some examples of the services provided include:
- Finding and maintaining suitable housing options
- GED Training and testing
- Life skills training to assist with finances, budgeting, and everyday living skills
- Obtaining vocational training
- Soft skills training to assist with job searching, job application, interviewing skills and techniques
The initial phase of the program focuses on goal development, strategic paths and setting mile-stones. Shelby will work with the individual to determine their vision for the future. Together, they will focus on changing behaviors instead of instruction on what to do. Using the established the mission statement as a guide, they will work towards practical, professional and attainable results. Additional information may be obtained by contacting 814-432-9202.
Employment Aid Program - Employment / Schooling
They offer financial help in securing required clothing, books, testing fees for post-secondary schooling, car repairs, and similar assistance to help you secure or maintain employment or schooling.
Work Ready Program
Provides service coordination and employment related activities to eliminate employment barriers. This is a referral program and must be enrolled through the local Department of Human Services. Please call 814-432-9200 to enroll.
- Career Link
255 Elm Street
Oil City, PA 16301
- PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVR)
3200 Lovell Place
Erie, PA 16503
Voice: 814-871-4551 or 800-541-0721
TTY: 814-871-4535 or 888-217-1710