Gannon and DCCNP Launching a Regional, Dual-Career Website

Posted: October 10, 2013

Gannon University is helping to launch a regional, dual-career website,CareersFor2.com, that employers and professionals in northwestern Pennsylvania can use to assist employees' accompanying spouses or partners find jobs in the region. Gannon is a founding member of the Dual Career Consortium of Northwest Pennsylvania (DCCNP) that has created the website.

There will be a website-launch reception held on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 8 a.m., at Gannon University's Erie Technology Incubator at 130 W. Eighth St. in Erie. Employers are encouraged to attend to learn more about the website and how they can attract and retain professionals by using CareersFor2.com. A light breakfast and validated parking will be provided.

Funding for CareersFor2.com was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the recruitment, retention and promotion of female science, engineering, technology mathematics (STEM) faculty. The initiative was developed and led by a team of female professors from Gannon University's engineering, science, and computer and information science departments. One strategy of the NSF grant created and deployed the regional dual-career consortium to address the job-candidate recruiting and retention needs of tri-state area employers.

Many STEM professionals are part of dual-career couples. Employers recruiting one-half of these couples are often challenged to help find regional professional employment for the other half of the couple. Without stable employment opportunities for both members of the couple, job candidates often do not accept employment offers. If they do accept them, many professionals leave the employer within a year or two for other regions where their partners can also find employment.

For more information, please email contact@careersfor2.com or call Honey Stempka, project manager, at 814-969- 5402.

About the Dual Careers Consortium of Northwest Pennsylvania

Currently housed at Gannon University during the creation of Careersfor2.com, the Dual Careers Consortium of Northwest Pennsylvania will soon come under the leadership of LEADERie (Lake Erie Area Diversity Education Roundtable), a partnership of regional employers collaborating to influence the community to embrace diversity. The mission of LEADERie is to promote diversity and inclusion within our community and business organizations with the goal of developing, attracting and retaining diverse talent.