Stepping Forward Works

About the Program

Stepping Forward Works connects the unemployed and under-employed to high priority occupations through industry certified training, essential skills development, and job search assistance.


A workforce program for job seekers...

Stepping Forward Works serves individuals facing barriers to employment. We help prepare clients to start a new career and move toward self-sufficiency. Our goal is for program graduates to find a quality job with potential to grow into a career, while also helping clients overcome their personal barriers and set goals for their personal and professional growth.   >> Job Seekers - Click to learn more


...and for Franklin County employers.

The program supports local employers by providing qualified, skilled workers that have been vetted through our program (including drug tested). Franklin County businesses who hire our graduates benefit from productive employees equipped with the necessary hard and soft skills to do an excellent job. Partnerships with employers are vital to keeping the program going. Together, we can build a local workforce prepared to meet the demands of emerging industry.   >> Employers - Click to learn more

Ready to jump-start your career?

You may qualify for


through Stepping Forward Works

Stepping Forward Works is a free career pathway program for those looking to land a good job. The program includes:

  • Industry training leading to certification

  • Skills courses covering communication, budgeting and more

  • Resume and interview prep

  • Connections to local employers

  • Individualized goal planning

  • A support system lasting beyond the training

United Way is currently seeking individuals interested in the following trainings*:

  • CNC Operator

  • Welding

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • CNA (Nurse Aide)

Click here to download and/or print the most recent program flyer. To qualify for Stepping Forward Works, you must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma or GED, be a resident of Franklin County, and have demonstrated financial need.

Interested in learning more?


717-262-0015 x201

*Trainings are held at Franklin County Career & Technology Center. Course availability based on CareerTech and instructor scheduling as well as amount of student interest in course.

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Meet your workforce needs as a


of Stepping Forward Works

Stepping Forward Works is driven by workforce development needs identified by industries in Franklin County. We have recently expanded our training offerings to clients to meet the industry needs. Current trainings include:

  • CNC Machining

  • HVAC (Refrigeration Basics)

  • Logistics/Forklift

  • Welding

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Office Administration

  • CNA (Nurse Aide)

How can you become a Corporate Partner?

  • Participate as an Employer: As an employer, you have the opportunity to: 1) Present to program clients about your employment needs and job expectations for the industry, 2) Host clients for a site tour to provide in-person experience of the job environment, and 3) Interview (and hopefully hire!) qualified job candidates who successfully completed the program.

  • Send Your Employees: Do you have promising employees who just need some skill-building? Offer them training and essential skills development through Stepping Forward Works. They'll return to you with heightened work ethic and the skills needed to succeed.

  • Sponsor the Program: Because the program is offered free of charge to all participants, we rely on support from businesses to keep Stepping Forward Works running. Your investment is vital to building a reliable, skilled local workforce.​

To learn more and find out how you can become a Corporate Partner


717-262-0015 x201

Special thanks to our Stepping Forward Works Corporate Sponsors:

  • Chambersburg Area Development Corp.

  • Franklin County Area Development Corp.

  • Summit Endowment