We create a trained pipeline for business.

Connecting Business and Education

Educators95%

“TCP award categories are effective encouragement in student career-readiness.”

Students93%

“TCP informs students about career opportunities in their community they did not know existed.” 

Businesses92%

“TCP helps raise awareness about regional businesses and career opportunities.”

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. These partnerships contribute to
workforce and economic development by motivating students to develop the solid work habits required
to succeed in school and in their future careers.

A Program for All Students, The Challenge Program focuses on 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students who are challenged to reach higher and achieve more in five award categories linked to achieving success in and beyond the classroom. Students are then eligible to receive financial incentives for their accomplishments.

ATTENDANCE – STEM – COMMUNITY SERVICE – ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT – ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

78%

Seniors Surveyed

stated that they learned about businesses in their community

74%

Seniors Surveyed

 stated that they learned about careers in their community

74%

Seniors Surveyed

stated that they learned how the award categories affect business and success

STEP ONE - IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM

The Challenge Program, Inc. and business sponsor kick-off the year with an assembly challenging students in five key workforce habits, and connect these habits to having success in school and in their future careers.

STEP TWO - CONNECTING TO EDUCATION

Businesses connect directly with students in the communities where they operate and will need to recruit.

Students learn about local career opportunities and the paths to training and education options for these jobs. 

Businesses have opened their facilities for tours to students and educators, conducted industry presentations as well have offer job-shadowing and internship opportunities.

Return on investment is a qualified, trained, and prepared up-and-coming workforce.

STEP THREE - REWARD ACCOMPLISHMENT

Cash incentive awards are distributed in each school as part of the business’s investment support. The awards are presented to 15 students (five seniors, five juniors and five sophomores) who have demonstrated growth, improvement, and achievement in The Challenge Program, Inc.’s five award categories.