Collaboration Key to Advance Sourcing Concepts’ Success
Apr 02, 2017 12:03PM
● By Vanessa Orr
Judith Bernhard, Jim Boltz, Lt. Minnie Cleveland and Lt. Kenneth Cleveland. Photos courtesy of Tabatha Knox, Vibrant Images.
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Relationship with Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber, Northside Branch of the Salvation Army Benefits Members, Clients
Judith Bernhard, founder of Advance Sourcing Concepts (ASC), has made a career out of finding the right person for the right position—a talent that is not limited to just helping employers and prospective job seekers. Instead, she utilizes this ability to create collaborations in all sorts of areas, whether working with the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber or the Northside Branch of the Salvation Army.
“At Advance Sourcing Concepts, our goal is to help people move their careers and their companies forward, and we do that by finding the right talent match to make that possible,” she explained. “The most rewarding part of my day is when we not only have a successful placement, but also have the chance to support growth in our community.”
Advance Sourcing Concepts, a Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), specializes in four areas: business support, medical staffing, engineering and technology, and government contracts.
“We pride ourselves on our strong professional relationships with clients and candidates, and are known for hitting the target when it comes to clients’ staffing needs, whether direct or temporary hire,” Bernhard said. “We are constantly looking for new ways to delight our candidates and our clients.”
One of the ways in which ASC does this is through its online testing and training programs, which help to identify what candidates might be right for a position, as well as enable those who need to learn or brush up on skills to further their abilities. “We have more than 1,500 modules, some of which can be customized, for testing and training,” said Bernhard. “Our training is very strong in all business-required technical skills, and we also support clients who need to fill bilingual, diversity and direct hire positions with quality candidates.”
One of the areas in which this is especially helpful is with veterans and military families that may need to gain or hone skills that are needed to succeed in the private sector. “A client may choose a person because of his or her strong work ethic, but if they need to brush up on technical skills, we can train them online at their own pace,” said Bernhard.
“Because we have such a strong commitment to veterans and their families, we have also added a military liaison, Ray Luppe, to recruit top veteran talent,” she continued. “Ray is a recent addition to our team, and quite an asset.”
As a member of the board of the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber, Bernhard has helped that organization create its own student/business partnering initiative, the Educational Stakeholder Program.
“Judith has been on our board for the last five years, and has been a wonderful advocate for the chamber,” said President Jim Boltz. “And her expertise in the career placement field has given us great guidance in putting a program like this in place.
“This program, which is quite new, is a partnership with colleges, universities and our business members that provides opportunities for students to undertake internships or job shadowing,” he explained, adding that five schools—La Roche College, Chatham University, Community College of Beaver County, California University and Westminster College—have already signed up to participate.
“Companies benefit from having student interns and the opportunity to make connections with people that they might want to hire in the future,” he continued. “This is especially important in the technical and trade fields, where there are not enough applicants to fill those jobs down the road.”
Students can also become student members of the chamber for the reduced price of $25 per year, which gives them all of the benefits of membership including exposure to meetings and events, and the ability to develop soft skills that will be helpful later in life. The program is especially geared toward the younger generation and includes a direct link on the chamber’s website.
“On our website, we have a student directory page where they can fill out their information, as well as post resumes,” explained Program Director Kristina Hall. “Employers can search based on key words, and in turn, students can search out companies to suit their needs.
“The younger generation is so tech savvy that it made sense to create a direct online link,” she added. “This site is for all types of students; whether you’re a business or an accounting major, networking is key.” The site is open to students now, with a starting goal of 50 students.
As an advisory board member of the Salvation Army’s Northside Branch, Bernhard is helping students at a much younger age. The nonprofit runs a number of summer camps at Camp Allegheny in Ellwood City, as well as afterschool programs.
“City kids are given a chance to participate in character development camps as part of our Sunbeams/Boys Adventure programs, which are biblically based,” said Lt. Minnie Cleveland, who operates the Northside Branch of the Salvation Army with her husband, Lt. Kenneth Cleveland. “Kids get an introduction to learning about God; who he is, and who they are to him. It gives them new avenues to learn about who they are.”
The Salvation Army also runs a fine arts camp that features music, drama and dance, for beginners to advanced students. “It’s a very exciting time for them to capitalize on the opportunity to learn a lot of different things,” said Lt. Cleveland.
Camps start in mid-June and run through mid-August and cost $25 per camp per child. Transportation is provided to and from the North Side. The camp is taking applications now; those interested can call 412-321-0290 or stop in at the Salvation Army Northside Worship and Service Center at 100 W. North Avenue n Pittsburgh.
“We also host an afterschool program that provides tutoring and help with homework,” said Lt. Cleveland. “It includes participation in our Healthy Eating program, which teaches kids about nutrition and what to eat.”
In August, the Salvation Army will be hosting its annual Back to School Bookbag Giveaway and Bash, and the organization also holds weekend women’s and men’s small group fellowship for Bible study, as well as weekly Sunday School and worship services.
To learn more, visit the Salvation Army at www.wpa.salvationarmy.org or 412-321-0290. You can reach the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber at www.pghnorthchamber.com or 724-934-9700 and Advance Sourcing Concepts at 412-415-5090 or www.ascpeople.com.
“We love to help people and companies move forward by finding the right talent to make it possible,” said Bernhard. “And we’re proud that we’re helping people in Pittsburgh connect.”