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A Program for All Students

The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to build sustainable Business/Education partnerships while introducing students to careers in their communities. This partnership contributes to workforce and economic development by motivating students to develop the solid work habits required to succeed in school and in their future careers.

See What We Do

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Connecting Business & Education

We partner with businesses to introduce students to careers in high growth industries.

Paths to Partnership

"One of the biggest challenges for people in the industry is attracting qualified young people. We can get into schools and get exposure,
and at the same time reward the things that are important to both educators and the workforce."
- Shawn Kaufman, Riggs Industries

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Motivation and
Incentive

The Challenge Program, Inc. awards 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students with financial incentives in five categories.
  • Attendance
  • STEM
  • Community Service
  • Academic Improvement
  • Academic Excellence

Success Starts Here

Learn how to achieve success in school and in your future career while competing in our five award categories.

"The Challenge Program, Inc. helped me get prepared for job interviews, and it taught me what to expect and how to act.”
-North Hills High School student (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Meet Our Alumni

"I can honestly attribute my amazing 10-year career to The Challenge Program, Inc...I’ve written a bi-weekly since 2006."
- Kayla Pongrac, Community Service Winner, Shade Central High School, PA
Writer, Daily American

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Hear the Impact

2016 Student of the Year relates how
The Challenge Program, Inc. affected her life and education.

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SEE THE IMPACT

Career-Connections Year in Review

Find out What our Participants are Saying

"Being a part of the Challenge Program has helped my daughter, Brittney, further define her goals. She heard about the Community Service Award through a presentation at school and thought it might be interesting to pursue. She ended up giving over 600 hours of her time to several area non-profit organizations! The Crystal Owl Student of the Year award...gave Brittney to opportunity to mingle with many executives and gain valuable contacts. As a result, Brittney shadowed two employees of supporting Challenge Program companies and learned more about her career interests. The experience has provided her with career opportunities to strive for."
Lisa Lybarger
Parent
"The Challenge Program, Inc., is a wonderful vehicle for both schools and businesses to help bridge the gap between education and the future workforce, our students. The resulting partnership motivates and engages students in a meaningful way for them to strive for continual improvement to reach their ultimate career goals."
Grace Lani
Director of Curriculum and Instruction / Canon McMillan High School
"The Challenge Program, inc., inspires students to give their best to learning. It is added incentive all year round."
Carole Kakabar
Superintendent / Ferndale Area School District
"The awards are great. The awards go to people that aren’t necessarily in the top 10 in academics. TCP recognizes that [academics], but also things that other scholarships do not."
Mario Crocetti
Williams Companies, Inc.
"Winning Most Improved G.P.A. made me cash. It was great and gave me a good reason to keep doing service for the community."
Tyler Doppelheuer
Academic Excellence Award and 3-Time Community Service Award Winner
"One of the biggest challenges for people in the industry is attracting qualified young people. We can get into schools and get exposure, and at the same time reward the things that are important to both educators and the workforce."
Shawn Kaufman
Riggs Industries Family Foundation
“I look at The Challenge Program as business development, in that it provides me with a trained pipeline.”
Diane Lopez