The Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN) program was created in 1987 in order to address the needs of welfare recipients with barriers to employment and to better coordinate the existing employment and training programs available for them.

The purpose of EARN is to address the needs of welfare and low income individuals with serious barriers to gaining and maintaining employment by providing comprehensive case management, remediation, education with special emphasis on individuals with limited English proficiency, skills training, work activities, job placement and retention activities, as well as providing supportive services, including payment for childcare.  Work activities in EARN include unsubisidized employment, subsidized employment, paid work experience and community service.

All referrals for EARN come from the Department of Public Welfare.

Center for Community Action operates Employment, Advancement and Retention Network in Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties.