This RIHS service, which is funded by a grant through the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board, is for eligible young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. The services are free of charge. RIHS works closely with the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Pennsylvania CareerLink® to provide young adult education and training.


Program Happenings:

CareerSTEPS steps out into the community!

CareerSTEPS is a WIB funded program that serves out-of-school young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. The team has hit the ground running with outreach efforts to spread the word about their free career-readiness program! Pictured above are Case Manager Amber Alberts and enrolled young adult, Gavin E. at the PA CareerLink’s® Job Fair where Gavin was able to speak to many local employers. Next, the CareerSteps staff partnered with fellow provider, PIC,  to present a workshop on Resumes and Interviewing to the Bring Your “A” Game Summer Campers. Also pictured is Amber sharing information on CareerSTEPS with community members at MedMark’s C.A.R.E Outreach event. Feel free to call Amber anytime with questions or to make a referral at 724-858-5768.


About the CareerSTEPS Program

Our CareerSTEPS program focuses on Young Adults– the term “Out-of-School Young Adult” means:

  • An eligible young adult who has dropped out of high school; or
  • An eligible young adult who has received a secondary school diploma or its equivalent but is deficient in basic skills, unemployed or underemployed.
  • An eligible young adult who has a barrier in one or more area (see Eligibility page).

Our services are community-based and are provided free of charge to eligible young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who reside in Westmoreland and Fayette counties. Our CareerSTEPS Program focuses not only on education and employment, but also housing, financial, medical, behavioral health, socialization, support and goals. 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Young Adult CareerSTEPS Eligibility Factors

  • Have you received your high school diploma or GED?
  • Are you unclear of what your financial future holds?
  • Have you dropped out of high school and are not sure if you can still reach your career goals?
  • Are you in the process of obtaining your GED and want to put your hobbies and interests to good use?
  • Are you underemployed or unemployed and want more out of your career, but you are not quite sure of how to get there?
  • Are you interested in post-secondary education or a training program?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you are between the ages of 16 and 24, you may be eligible to participate in the RIHS Young Adult CareerSTEPS Program.

Getting Started

  • Needing help acquiring basic skills
  • Having a disability such as a learning disability, mental illness, and/or substance abuse
  • Working at a low wage or not working at all
  • Having dropped out of high school
  • Wanting to be more independent with your living arrangements
  • Having a past history or current involvement with any type of probation, whether it is juvenile or adult
  • Having a past history or current involvement with the foster care system
  • Pregnant or already parenting
  • Needing remediation, adult literacy, and/or another training program
  • Residing in Westmoreland or Fayette County

Still not sure if you’re eligible? Just stop by or call the RIHS Young Adult CareerSTEPS Program.


The RIHS youth program, based on a partnership with the two CareerLink® offices, one in Westmoreland County and one in Fayette County, have staff located at the following offices:
Pennsylvania CareerLink® Westmoreland
151 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, PA 15697
724-755-2330 Ext. 107
Fax: 724-755-0469
TTY: 724-925-3243
Mon – Fri: 8 AM - 4 PM
Pennsylvania CareerLink ® Fayette
112 Commonwealth Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-434-5627 Ext. 3136
Cell: 724-237-6945
Fax: 724-434-2946
TTY: 724-434-5761
Mon – Fri: 8 AM – 4 PM