The Challenge Program, Inc.'s Newsletter
January 2019

Student of the Year 2019

The Challenge Program, Inc. (TCP) Student of the Year Competition will open for entries on January 14, 2019. All students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade in participating schools are eligible, even if they have never received a Challenge Program Award.

For 5 weeks, students can use the link provided to their schools and on SnapChat to enter the competition. They are asked short questions about how they have challenged themselves and what TCP means to them.

After the competition closes on February 15, the entries will be narrowed down to a top 3 finalists. These 3 students each receive a $1,000 award and a chance to be named the 2019 Student of the Year at TCP’s Annual Crystal Owl Gala.

This year’s Gala will be held at the Heinz History Center on April 25, 2019. All are welcome to register to attend the event and support TCP’s efforts.


Forbes Hospital

Forbes Hospital/Allegheny Health Network toured their partnered school, Forbes Road CTC. Julie Volpatti, Director of Talent Acquisition for Allegheny Health Network, visited the school to learn more about the careers that the students are pursuing and to begin developing a pipeline of potential employers to Forbes Hospital.

PJ Dick, Trumbull & Lindy Paving

PJ Dick hosted a construction career fair at the Energy Innovation Center Institute that students from partnered school, Beaver County CTC, attended. Jennifer Howe, PJ Dick Representative (pictured above left), attended the career fair which was designed to allow opportunities to speak with construction firms and trade unions who can help students explore careers. 


TCP Welcomes Clark Contractors, Inc. as a Major Corporate Sponsor

Clark Contractors, Inc. joins TCP at a Major Corporate Sponsor level. This major gift to TCP will give them access to local students at Everett High School. For this investment, Clark Construction is utilizing their tax credits. TCP is excited to have Clark Contractors, Inc. as a partner and is looking forward to helping coordinate the opportunities Everett students will gain from their sponsorship.

“Clark Contractors partnered with the Challenge Program and Everett High School because we felt it  was necessary to look into our county’s future and prepare students to be able to have a good start in the workforce. The program provides an opportunity for students to learn good employee traits and start on the right foot to obtaining a position they are interested in and enthused about.”-Clifton Clark, President

Any Businesses Interested in utilizing their tax credits to support TCP can contact:

Sara Deyarmin Jones

814-533-7401 x104

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“This award for Academic Excellence has inspired me to work harder even when I’m struggling and feel like giving up because now I know that what I do matters to someone more than me. It has given me the great opportunity to use the money for college which I am extremely grateful for. Now I know if I work hard I have the possibility to earn $200 and some of [my] stress is relieved.”- Lucas D. (Pittsburgh CAPA)

Join Us:

Sara Deyarmin Jones, Director of Business Development
814-533-7401  X104

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