Linda Falcone: UGI Continues to Support Career Education in the Region

UGI Utilities, Inc. demonstrates their commitment to strengthen our community creating a great place to live and work by partnering with West Side Career and Technology Center students through The Challenge Program, Inc. (TCP) In addition to sponsoring TCP at the school, UGI has also invested in the school’s new Agility Course project—helping to reinforce the need for training and education, and the need to help our first responders prepare for any situation.

Although the Agility Course is a new project, UGI Utilities and WSCTC partnership has been in existence since the 2014/15. The partnership evolved thanks to the stalwart efforts of The Challenge Program staff. They know that these partnerships allow companies like UGI to help shape the future workforce by educating high school students about great local career opportunities. Each year, UGI invites West Side Career and Technical students enrolled in various trades to their training facility to experience firsthand what entry-level UGI employees need to know to be successful on the job. The hands-on day is a highly anticipated student favorite because of UGI’s excellent training staff and the possibility of working for UGI.

In addition to working with WSCTC for career opportunities, UGI jumped at the chance to help us create an Agility Course for use by students and regional first responders. WSCTC received a grant from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education but needed additional key materials to complete the project. That’s where UGI came to the rescue.  They donated the utility poles that were needed to support each of the twelve agility stations. By donating, new utility poles for the project, the school was able to meet grant goals and stay on budget.

The relationship between WSCTC and UGI Utilities continues to grow. Thanks to The Challenge Program, UGI is able to promote solid career choices for students with their company as well as prepare them for real-world success.

Here in the photo you will see the WSCTC Law Enforcement students who were eager to thank UGI when they delivered the poles.