Congratulations to SBEC!

St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) received four awards at the June 11th annual Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Consultation at the Willow Valley Doubletree Resort in Lancaster. “Employer of the Year” awards went to Presque Isle Downs & Casino and Geosource. Both were nominated by SBEC for the employment opportunities they have provided for refugees enrolled in programs at SBEC. As one of the largest refugee programs in the state, SBEC offers workforce development classes, vocational education and basic job skills. It also provides community service projects for work experience and job placement services.

Presque Isle Downs and Casino is a leader in the entertainment industry in Erie, PA. Since July 2012, they have hired 22 refugees from the EARN Program. Their administration prides itself on practicing diversity in the workforce and SBEC’s Nepali, Iraqi, Somalian, Bosnian and Hispanic population thrive with this employer. Positions vary between housekeeping, food service and cashiers. A full range benefit package is available upon successful completion of the 90 day probationary period.

GEOSOURCE is a progressive recycling company located in Erie, PA . The Erie operation currently employs 10 individuals. Three of these employees are from the refugee population at SBEC. The owner and manager of Geosource has worked very closely with these individuals and they have been provided with excellent training and viable career opportunities. We applaud Geosource management embracing our new Americans and working diligently to provide quality employment with self-sustaining wages and benefits.

In addition to these awards, two SBEC clients received “Excellence in Citizenship” awards.

Marie Nongangang came to the U.S. in January, 2011, from the African country of Cameroon, with her 8 children. She is a single mother and is helping to raise a grandchild. Marie is working fulltime at Presque Isle Downs and Casino. She recently completed the SBEC program, learning English and completing several community service projects from which she acquired a variety of work skills and said, “I am very happy these days. I am grateful to be able to provide for my family.”

Lakpa Bomjan enrolled in the EARN Program with SBEC in June of 2012 and successfully completed it in March of 2013. He was born in Bhutan, resettled in India from 2007 – 2010, and resided in a refugee camp in Nepal until resettling in the United States in November, 2011. He is married, father of 3 children and employed in a full time capacity with Geosource where his excellent work ethic, patience and loyalty have advanced him to a supervisory level. “I am very proud that I am now able to provide for my family,” he shared. “My family and I have been blessed.”

SBEC staff members who attended were: Judi Jaworksi , supervisor of job development and placement; Judith Trambley, OSB, Director of Human Resources and Information Technology; Katherine Horan, OSB ,Associate Director and Refugee Coordinator; and Cheryl Witherspoon, Program Coordinator of the EARN/TAP Programs. In addition, both Lakpa Bomjan and Marie Nongangang attended as well as representatives from Geosouce and Presque Isle Downs & Casino: Que Lasky, wife of Geosouce owner Frank Lasky; and Wendy Young, Director of Human Resources at Presque Isle Downs & Casino, were able to be present.

Photo (L-R): Wendy Young (Presque Isle Downs & Casino), Marie Nongangang, Que Lasky (Geosource), Lakpa Bomjan

Wendy Young, Marie Nongangang, Sister Katherine Horan, Que Lasky, Lakpa Bomjan
Wendy Young, Marie Nongangang, Sister Katherine Horan, Que Lasky, Lakpa Bomjan
Lakpa Bomjan and Que Lasky
Lakpa Bomjan and Que Lasky
Wendy Young and Marie Nongangang
Wendy Young and Marie Nongangang
Sister Judith Trambley, Norm-Anne Rothermel, State Refugee Coordinator, Marie Nongangang, Judi Jaworski, Supervisor of Job Development and Placement, Sister Katherine Horan
Sister Judith Trambley, Norm-Anne Rothermel, State Refugee Coordinator, Marie Nongangang, Judi Jaworski, Supervisor of Job Development and Placement, Sister Katherine Horan