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Winter Help Turns Full Time: Meet Carly Matlack

March 01, 2021 07:00 AM
By: Suzy Atkins

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​Once upon a time, Carly Matlack was an Information Technology (IT) substitute at Clearfield Area School, assisting full-time staff. In the few years she was there, she gathered a great deal of knowledge in just a couple of years.

While Carly was substituting in the IT department, a friend recommended that she apply at PennDOT, knowing if she was hired as a seasonal employee, down the road she may be asked to join as a full-time employee. The idea of having one full-time job really appealed to her.

"Working the same job year-round meant I didn't have to re-adjust to my jobs twice a year," said Carly, who worked for DCNR in the summertime.

When she first started at PennDOT, she approached it as an opportunity to advance her career.

One memory that stands out for Carly is when the governor declared a state of emergency due to a heavy winter storm. No traffic was allowed on Interstate 80.

"It was surreal to witness, from the traffic cameras, a route that was always bussing with activity," said Carly. "Even in the wee hours of the morning."

Carly started out as a temporary Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) Operator in the Winter Maintenance Program, starting at the end of October 2016 and is now a full-time RTMC Operator.

Every year is filled with changes and shifts in the department. She feels changes and challenges are not difficult, because the same coworkers are adjusting with her.

"And every one of them copes with the changes differently, so it's just one of many job aspects that helps us work together," said Carly.

It's safe to say that Carly made a good choice in seeking PennDOT as a career.

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