JobShop, Inc. has been proudly serving the workforce development industry since 1976!
Our company has had offices in Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina, providing job training and placement services to youth, displaced workers, businesses and for the Disadvantaged Worker Program (unemployed adults, ex-offenders, welfare clients, Native Americans, etc.).
Meet our Team  

Tom J. Irwin, PhD, CWDP

The company was founded by Tom J. Irwin, PhD, CWDP, a pioneer in the field of career counseling and workforce development.

He was the first person to be awarded the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) designation by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) and in 2002 was the recipient of the prestigious Professional Development award.   A former board member of NAWDP, Dr. Irwin founded and was the first editor of the Journal of Workforce Development.

Sherry S. Pearson, CWDP
Sherry S. Pearson, CWDP, is president of JobShop, Inc.  She has been involved in Workforce Development for more than 30 years.  Sherry served as Virginia's board representative from 2001 to 2013 for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP).  She has a degree in Marketing Education.
Deborah S. Santrock, CWDP
Deborah S. Santrock, CWDP, is vice-president of JobShop, Inc.  She has been involved in Workforce Development for more than 25 years.  She has a degree in Business Management and authored two of the JobSearch Guides.

Meet our Training Partners

MaryAnn Lawrence is the CEO of Power Notes LLC. With over 35 years experience in leadership positions in workforce development at the local, state, and national levels, MaryAnn played a significant role in design and delivery of USDOL One Stop Training including linking the work done from State to State related to occupational learning objectives for staff working in the one stop environment.

MaryAnn has a Business Administration Degree and is also certified in Task Analysis and Curriculum Design. She has been recognized nationally with the Professional Development Award in 1995 from the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) and serves on the NAWDP Board of Directors as Chair and a member of the Executive Committee.

Our History  
In 1998, JobShop first published the Job-Search Briefs and Forms, which were renamed JobSearch Guides in 2006. Under the guidance of Dr. Irwin, the 77 English Guides and 77 Spanish Guides were written by professionals to be used in Career Centers to provide information to job seekers of all ages and backgrounds. In 2006, JobShop introduced the Youth Guides that target job seekers 15 to 22 years of age. In 2014, experts working with Ex-Offenders modified 62 of the effective JobSearch Guides to address the special needs and issues presented by this population of job seekers

In 2008, JobShop Publishing, LLC, was formed to serve as the copyright holder and publisher of the Guides. JobShop, Inc. continues to market the Guides.

In August 2008, Sherry Pearson and Deborah Santrock (owners of Job Assistance Center, Inc.) purchased JobShop, Inc. to market the Guides and Online Training Modules.

Job Assistance Center, Inc also operates a Workforce Development Career Center, TANF Employment for Advancement program, and a One Stop Behind the Walls program. As an active Workforce Development program, Job Assistance Center has a vested interest in providing quality, effective resources and training programs for the Workforce Development community.