Current Business/School Partnerships

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School Business Sponsors
Admiral Peary Vocational-Technical School Gardner Denver
Altoona Area High School Altoona Area School District Foundation
Reliance Bank
Apollo Ridge High School Quality Life Services Apollo
Avella High School Alex E. Paris Contracting, Co., Incorporated
Range Resources
Beaver County CTC Trane
Bedford County CTC Corle Building Systems
Bedford High School Corle Building Systems
Bellaire High School XTO Energy Inc.
Belle Vernon High School Progeny Systems
Bellwood-Antis High School M&T Bank
Bentworth High School Range Resources
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Craig Staresinich
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Keller Engineers, Inc.
Bishop McCort Catholic High School Carpenter Capital Advisors
Martin-Baker America
Blacklick Valley High School Cambria Care Center
Blairsville High School WyoTech
Brownsville Area High School COE Distributing
Burgettstown High School Range Resources
Butler County AVTS XTO Energy Inc.
Butler Senior High School XTO Energy Inc.
Cambria Heights High School C-B-W Schools Federal Credit Union
Highmark
California High School COE Distributing
Canon-McMillan High School Auma Actuators
Central Cambria High School S&T Bank
Central High School NPC, Inc.
Central Westmoreland CTC Levin Furniture
Charleroi High School Progeny Systems
Chartiers-Houston High School MarkWest
Range Resources
Chestnut Ridge High School Corle Building Systems
Clairton City High School Eastman Chemical Resins, Inc.
Claysburg-Kimmel High School Sheetz, Inc.
Conemaugh Township High School North American Hoganas
Laurel View Village
Conemaugh Valley High School G.A.P. Federal Credit Union
Connellsville Area CTC Williams
Connellsville Area High School Shallenberger Construction
Doddridge County High School Antero Resources
MarkWest
Dunmore High School The Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust
Everett High School M&T Bank
Fayette CTI Quality Life Services Henry Clay
Quality Life Services Markleysburg
Ferndale High School Martin-Baker America
Forest City Regional High School The Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust
Forest Hills High School C-B-W School Federal Credit Union
Miller Motor Company
Fort Cherry High School MarkWest
Range Resources
Freeport Area High School Quality Life Services Sarver
Geibel Catholic High School COE Distributing
Casteel Corporation
Greater Altoona CTC G.A.P. Federal Credit Union
Greater Johnstown CTC Martin-Baker America
Greater Johnstown High School Quality Life Services Westmont
Grove City Area High School Quality Life Services Grove City
Harrison Central Jr./Sr. High School Hess Corporation
MarkWest
Hollidaysburg Area High School Hoss’s and Marzoni’s Restaurants
Holy Family High School Fragasso Financial Advisors
Hundred High School Murtech, Inc.
Indiana Area Senior High School First Commonwealth Bank
Indiana County Technology Center Reschini Group
Juniata Valley High School JRK Enterprises, Inc.
Karns City Area High Quality Life Services Chicora
Quality Life Services Sugar Creek
Keystone Oaks High School Carpenter Powder Products
Lakeview High School Quality Life Services Mercer
Laurel Highlands High School Casteel Corporation
Sprowls Insurance Group
Lincoln High School XTO Energy Inc.
Martins Ferry High School Hess Corporation
HULL & Associates
Meadowbrook High School Antero Resources
MarkWest
Meyersdale High School Craig Staresinich
New Castle High School Quality Life Services New Castle
North Star High School Somerset Trust Company
Northern Cambria High School C-B-W Schools Federal Credit Union
McAneny Brothers, Inc.
Penn Cambria High School Highmark
Wessel & Company
Penns Manor High School StateFarm
Pittsburgh Allderdice High School The Marquis Group
Pittsburgh Brashear High School Remmel Foundation
Pittsburgh CAPA High School MARC USA
Pittsburgh Carrick High School Remmel Foundation
Pittsburgh Milliones High School Huntington Bank
Pittsburgh Obama High School MARC USA
Pittsburgh Science & Technology High School WadeTrim
Portage Area High School Mount Aloysius College
Wessel & Company
Purchase Line High School Anew Home Health Agency, Inc.
Quaker Valley High School First National Bank
Richland High School 1ST SUMMIT BANK
Ringgold High School Charleroi Federal Savings Bank
Riverside High School The Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust
Riverview High School Jendoco Construction Corporation
Rockwood Area High School Somerset Trust Company
Salisbury-Elk Lick High School Riggs Industries Family Foundation
Seneca Valley High School XTO Energy Inc.
Seton-La Salle High School Saint Francis University
Somerset County Technology Center Riggs Industries Family Foundation
South Side High School FirstEnergy
Susquehanna CTC Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School Global/SFC Valve
Tussey Mountain High School Frederick Accounting
Tyrone Area High School Sickler, Tarpey & Associates
Uniontown High School COE Distributing
United Jr./Sr. High School Seward Generation, LLC
Valley High School Polyconcept North America
Washington High School Dynamet Incorporated
West Mifflin High School Progeny Systems
West Side CTC UGI Utilities, Inc.
Western Area CTC Range Resources
Westmont Hilltop High School Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Williamsburg Community High School Irwin Financial, Inc.
The Hite Company
Windber Area High School Business Partner Respectfully Declined Recognition
Zanesville High School Halliburton
  •      The Challenge Program, Inc. seeks businesses in all industries to partner with high schools to stress the importance of these categories in one day successfully gaining good, sustaining employment as well as the positive impact the categories have on education and training.

    Businesses play an integral role in The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission. Businesses directly address students introducing them to career opportunities in their own communities and the relevance of Challenge Program award categories as habits employers seek in employees.

    In the Fall. Business Partners actively participate in the fall Kick-Off assemblies at each participating school.

    During the Year. TCP will facilitate workforce activities between businesses and their schools according to the Workforce Checklist both parties fill out at the beginning of the year. All activities must be approved by school administration.

    In the Spring. Graduating seniors who win a Challenge Award are presented their awards. Business representatives and The Challenge Program attend a high school’s pre-scheduled Senior Awards Program, unless other arrangements are requested by the school.

  • FINALISTS are drawn from students with zero “0” absences. If there are no students in a grade who have zero absences – student/s with the least number of absences in accordance with school policy should become Finalists.

    SENIORS are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are the #1 ranked student from each included class.       

    AVTS/CTC Schools: You may choose any class involving any type of the involved subjects. It is at each school’s discretion which classes to include.

    High Schools: Classes of all academic levels – introductory to advanced – should be included. It is at each school’s discretion which classes to include.

    SENIORS are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN are eligible from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey.

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are among the students who submitted the top 10%  of hours for the year. TCP Community Service forms are for your convenience. An award must be distributed even if no forms are submitted.

    SENIORS are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are drawn from among the top 10% with the greatest increase in G.P.A. from year ending to year ending, regardless of beginning grade level.

    SENIORS are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are drawn from among the top 10% of students with the highest overall G.P.A. from the beginning to the end of the current school year.

    SENIORS are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • The Challenge Program works to develop good habits, behaviors and attitudes in students so they will be better prepared for the challenges, competition and rewards of the workforce. The award money is only the icing on the cake. Therefore, at the encouragement of educators on our advisory council, The Challenge Program moved to a lottery system to choose the final winners.

    A lottery system encourages ALL students (10-12) to compete for an award regardless of their previous academic performance. This “wide-net” concept promotes total student participation by motivating students to reach higher and achieve more than they may have believed was possible. Below outlines the procedure for choosing award winners.

    1. Educators select FINALISTS according to each award’s criteria.
    2. Educators are provided with Survey Slips to distribute to each Finalist.
    3. Educators are also provided with an embedded link to The Challenge Program online Student Survey. Students are asked to take the survey to continue eligibility.
    4. Once the Survey is completed, a passcode will pop-up.
    5. Students are asked to record their name and the passcode on the Survey Slips and hand them back to their Educator.
    6. Educators are to place these slips into a lottery drawing for the appropriate award category.
    7. WINNERS are then drawn from these lotteries.
  • 2017 Student of the Year Competition IS NOW CLOSED.

    2018 Competition will begin in January 2018

    Eligibility

    The Student of the Year competition is open to 11th and 12th grade students whose attitude, behavior, work habits and/or grades changed as a result of being motivated by The Challenge Program, Inc.

    • Students are eligible whether or not they have ever won a Challenge Program award.
    • Students will be asked to complete a short information survey with a chance to describe how The Challenge Program had an impact on their school-career and/or their lives.
    • The Deadline is Final.
    • Entries will be independently and anonymously reviewed.
    • Three Finalists will be announced via an email blast to the schools along with Three Alternate Finalists and students with Honorable Mention on (Date to be Determined).
    • Each of the top 3 Finalists will receive a $1,000 check.
    • Permission/Consent Forms will be sent to the finalists for a guardian signature.
    • A Deadline will be announced to return all consent forms for continued eligibility.
    • ALL FINALISTS MUST ATTEND THE CHALLENGE PROGRAM, INC. CRYSTAL OWL GALA
      • Crystal Owl Gala will take place (Date, Place & Time to be Determined)
    • Finalists attend free of charge and must be accompanied by at least one adult.
    • Two Complementary Tickets will be provided for each to bring 2 adult guests.
    • Two Complementary Tickets will be provided to Educators from the Finalist’s attended School.
    • Two Complementary Tickets will be provided to Businesses Representatives of the Finalist’s supporting Business Partner.
    • Student of the Year will be announced during the program segment of the Crystal Owl event in Pittsburgh, PA
    • Television and print media are invited to the event.
    • Finalists and their schools will be acknowledged in press releases before and after the event.
    • Video and photographs will be placed on the TCP website.

    To receive the above honors, students must be present at the event (Date, Place & Time to be Determined)

  • The Challenge Program, Inc. relies on our Student Advisory Council to provide creative ideas to implement our Kick-Off Assemblies with theme ideas, props and music.

    The members of the council also serve as Challenge Program ambassadors in their schools to promote the Program and encourage students to compete for an award.

    Each school serves for a term of two years. If you would like your school to be considered for 2019-2021 Program years please contact: 814-533-7401 x100. Thank you.

    Student Advisory Council for the 2017/2018 Program year is:
    Western Area Career & Technology Center, Canonsburg, PA