The Challenge Program, Inc.'s Newsletter
September 2018

PA Career Readiness Standards:
TCP Can Help!

The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission and overall programming closely align with the new PA Career Readiness Standards. Meeting these standards for every high school student can often become a challenge for educators. The Challenge Program wants to help with a  new optional survey that is being implemented this school year.

For more information about our NEW post-assembly “Career Readiness Reflection (CEWS)” survey and how it can help you with Articles of Evidence, please contact:
Sara Deyarmin-Jones, Director of Program Development


29 students from participating schools have gained employment with their business partners through the connection started by TCP. That’s 29 jobs filled because businesses worked with the students throughout the year, who they were able to hire as an intern or full-time employee, that may have taken months of searching.

The types of businesses involved in the Program range from credit unions to manufacturing to healthcare but it all starts with a business connecting with the next workforce generation through The Challenge Program, Inc.

Join Us and create your own workforce.

“I feel like I hit the jackpot,”
Garrett F., Connellsville CTC 2017 graduate, hired by their business partner, Williams Energy.

TCP is ready to take on the workforce crisis, are you?

The REAL Game Life – It’s Your Move!

Each fall TCP chooses a theme for its assembly to reach students with their message. This year that message is to remind students of the choices they have and how the choices they make today can affect their future in the workforce.

Students will be given scenarios in which they will have to consider their options and the effect of their choice.  One option will not help them earn a TCP award and one will align with good habits associated with TCP’s award categories and workforce success. A student chooses whichever option they see fit for themselves and their business partner will have a chance to talk to the students about the choice they just made and how it fits into the workplace.

Let’s Get Real!                                                        Huntington Bank Reality Days

Huntington Bank has partnered with TCP and will bring its Financial Literacy Program, “Huntington Reality Days” to their partnered school. Huntington Reality Days is an exciting program that introduces young adults to everyday financial decisions. This event partners career exploration, financial education, and the hands-on experience of making monthly budgeting decisions during a life simulation activity. The event starts with a lesson on smart money decisions, followed by each student being assigned a job, family status and credit score. They then visit booths, use a simulated checking account, and pay for necessities, including housing, childcare, taxes, education, transportation, utilities, groceries, and other expenses. The program concludes with a look into career opportunities found within financial institutions.

TCP is excited to be working with Huntington Bank again for the 2018-2019 school year and to help them prepare students for the future.

Welcome New Schools 

Montour High School
Shanksville-Stonycreek High School

Welcome New Businesses 

Gateway Travel Plaza
Michael Baker International
Mlaker Charter and Tours

Join Us:

Now Accepting Businesses for the 2018-2019 School Year!

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

Testimonials: Dear Mr. Perkins