Current Business/School Partnerships

School Business Sponsors
A.W. Beattie Career Center PGT Trucking, Inc.
Admiral Peary Vocational-Technical School Gardner Denver
Albert Gallatin High School COE Distributing
Johnson Matthey
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 PJ Dick, Inc.-Trumbull Corp.-Lindy Paving, Inc.
Beaver Falls High School Huntington Bank
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 Paul Carpenter Capital Advisors
Martin-Baker America
Blackhawk High School PG Trucking, Inc.
Blacklick Valley High School Cambria Care Center
Blairsville High School First Commonwealth Bank
Brownsville Area High School COE Distributing
Burgettstown High School Range Resources
Butler County AVTS XTO Energy Inc.
California High School COE Distributing
Cambria Heights High School C-B-W Schools Federal Credit Union
Highmark
Canon-McMillan High School Auma Actuators
Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County UGI Utilities, Inc.
Carmichaels High School First Federal Bank
Central Cambria High School S&T Bank
Central High School NPC, Inc.
Charleroi High School Progeny Systems
Chestnut Ridge High School Corle Building Systems
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 Ford Business Machines
Dunmore High School The Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust
Fayette CTI Quality Life Services Henry Clay
Quality Life Services Markleysburg
Ferndale High School Martin-Baker America
Forbes Road CTC Forbes Hospital/Allegheny Health Network
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 Range Resources
Freeport Area High School Quality Life Services Sarver
Greater Altoona CTC G.A.P. Federal Credit Union
The Hite Company
Greater Johnstown CTC Martin-Baker America
Greater Johnstown High School Quality Life Services Westmont Woods
Greater Latrobe High School Robindale Energy
Greene County CTC Dominion Energy
Grove City Area High School Quality Life Services Grove City
Hollidaysburg Area High School Irwin Financial Group
Hundred High School Murtech, Inc.
Indiana Area Senior High School First Commonwealth Bank
Indiana County Technology Center Reschini Group
Indian Creek High School MarkWest Utica
Jeannette High School Elliott Group
Huntington Bank
Juniata Valley High School Thrivent Financial
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 Sprowls Insurance Group
TeleTech (TTec)
McConnellsburg High School Gateway Travel Plaza
Meyersdale High School Craig Staresinich
New Castle High School Quality Life Services New Castle
North Star High School Somerset Trust Company
Northern Bedford High School Corle Building Systems
Northern Cambria High School C-B-W Schools Federal Credit Union
McAneny Brothers, Inc.
Paden City High School Murtech, Inc.
Penn Cambria High School Cambria Care Center
Highmark
Penns Manor High School StateFarm
Pittsburgh Allderdice High School MARC USA
Pittsburgh CAPA High School MARC USA
Pittsburgh Carrick High School Huntington Bank
Pittsburgh Milliones High School Huntington Bank
Pittsburgh Science & Technology High School WadeTrim
Portage Area High School Mount Aloysius College
Cambria Care Center
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 cfsbank
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
Seton-La Salle High School Saint Francis University
Shadyside High School XTO Energy
Shanksville-Stonycreek High School Mlaker Charter Tours
Somerset County Technology Center Riggs Industries Family Foundation
South Side High School FirstEnergy
Springdale High School HarmarVillage Care Center
Susquehanna CTC Robert Moffat Family Charitable Trust
Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School Craig Staresinich
Tussey Mountain High School Frederick Accounting
Tyrone Area High School Sickler, Tarpey & Associates
Uniontown High School COE Distributing
United Jr./Sr. High School Robindale Energy/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 The Hite Company
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 compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete 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 compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN compete 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 compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete 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 compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete 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 compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete 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.

    Have you ever heard this from a student? “The same kids always win, so why bother?”
    We have. TCP promotes the academic advancement of all students, regardless of past academic performance, to provide them with an opportunity to redirect themselves and compete. A TCP award is an earned cash incentive award. Students who challenged themselves to exceed their own expectations have the opportunity to become a recipient.

    As a result, we moved away from eligibility being only the top student in each category, to a top percentage of students who meet the individual award’s criteria. This gives more students the motivation to try. The implementation of a lottery system to choose the final recipient conveys to students that anything is possible.

    A lottery system encourages ALL students (grades 10-12) to compete for an award regardless of their previous academic performance. This “wide-net” approach 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.

      Each award category has a set of criteria
      Finalists are selected from the top 10 % of students who meet the criteria – not just the top 10% in grade.
      Finalists are asked to take a TCP student survey (links will be provided by TCP to the educators).
      Students return a slip with their name and the provided password at the end of the survey to the school’s coordinator.
      These slips are placed in a drawing for the final selection for each award category.

      TCP uses survey results to:
      Attract more Businesses to support more Schools.
      Attract Major Corporate Business Partners who reach more schools with support/workforce development.
      Attract Foundation and Individual donor support.
      Attract more Workforce Development activities.
      All leading to high school career readiness and graduates achieving gainful employment after graduation.

      All 15 Awards MUST be DISTRIBUTED per school (5 awards per 10th, 11th, and 12th grades)
      1 award per category/per grade.
      No duplicates or splitting of awards is permitted.
      All TIES prior to the lottery drawing must be decided via a lottery drawing.
      It is possible for one student to win more than one award.

  • 2018 Competition is CLOSED

    Eligibility

    • ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 are eligible whether or not they have received a Challenge award.
    • ENTRY: go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018TCP to submit your entry or scan the QR Code below:
    • DEADLINE for ENTRIES: The competition closes at Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM
    • SELECTION: All student information is removed from entries in the review process.
      • Schools will be contacted by phone regarding students being reviewed as a finalist.
    • ANNOUNCEMENTS: 3 Finalists will be announced Monday, March 19, 2018 via an email blast to the schools.
    • CONSENT: Consent forms will be sent to the finalists through their school administration for a guardian signature acknowledging:
      • Parent/guardian awareness of their child’s status as a finalist in The Challenge Program, Inc. competition
      • Agreement by parent/guardian to assure adult accompaniment at the event with their child
      • Permission for their child to be videotaped and photographed and the student’s image to be used by

    The Challenge Program, Inc., for placement on social media, our website, www.tcpinc.org, and press releases.

    • If consent forms are not received, the student will no longer be eligible and an alternate student will be named.
    • CRYSTAL OWL GALA: Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
    • EVENT DETAILS:
      • All Finalists must be accompanied by at least one adult and up to two adult guests may attend for free!
      • Valet Parking will be free of charge.
      • Two school representatives and two business sponsor representatives will be invited to attend for free!
      • Student of the Year Winner will be announced during the event in Pittsburgh.
      • To view past Student of the Year Winners and Finalists go to tcpinc.org/events-4/
    • To receive the CASH AWARD AND ANY HONORS, student finalists MUST be present at the Pittsburgh event.
  • 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