Delco Receives Grant to Create a More Inclusive Environment for LGBTQIA+ Community

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Released: December 15, 2022

The Delaware County Workforce Development Board and the Montgomery County Workforce Development Board (MontcoWorks), in partnership with Educational Data Systems, Inc. (EDSI), have received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Workforce Development to create a more inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and more) job seekers within the two-county area.

The grant will fund a “LGBTQIA+ Career Navigator” to help job seekers connect to PA CareerLink® Centers and additional resources, a needs assessment and asset mapping of LGBTQIA+ resources in Delaware and Montgomery counties, the development of a job seeker curriculum with input from legal experts, and employer webinars about LGBTQIA+ rights in the workplace.

“As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community myself, I am committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of life,” said Roe Falcone, EDSI’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. “In response to the continuing hate crimes against gay and transgender people throughout the nation, EDSI and the Delaware and Montgomery County Workforce Development Boards are striving to eliminate discrimination in the hiring, promotion, and treatment of LGBTQ people in the workplace. This grant will provide additional support and resources for those who identify as LGBTQ and promote inclusivity in the workplace.”

The grant will augment the services of each county’s PA CareerLink® Centers, which provide resources for individuals seeking employment, short-term training, and work experience, and for businesses looking to hire qualified candidates.

“It’s important that we work together to ensure a safe and inclusive culture for all residents that respects their gender identity and/or sexual preference,” said Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor. “This grant will assist the County and EDSI in creating a more inclusive work environment for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.”

For more information contact:

Roe Falcone, Director of Strategic Partnerships, EDSI:, (215) 796-2160

Kate McGeever, Executive Director, Delaware County Workforce Development Board:, (484) 745-763

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