The Challenge Program, Inc.'s Newsletter
March 2019

Harmon House Care Center: Mount Pleasant HS

Harmon House Care Center hosted Mount Pleasant High School students for a tour at their facility. Students, school counselors and TCP all participated in the tour and in a Carnival Theme recreation activity.  During a ‘Lunch and Learn’ session, students heard personal career path stories from different department heads at Harmon House Care Center (Nursing, Dietary, Activities, Physical Therapy, Business Office, Housekeeping, Social Services, Medical Assistant Clerk, IT Liaison, On-boarding Coordinator, and Internal Marketing). Volunteer and job shadow opportunities were also presented to the students.

“My favorite part of today was  watching students’ faces as they learned things, were surprised by things and  as they interacted with our residents. Seeing them bring a little bit of life into our building and the residents gave a little bit of life back to them.”

-Kevin Bean, Harmon House Care Center Administrator


Wade Trim

Mr. Tony Igwe, Wade Trim, presented to the sophomore Engineering class in Mr. Miller’s classroom at Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy. The presentation was about Wade Trim’s engineering design and efforts in relation to the Allegheny County Sanitation System. Below, Mr. Igwe is showing the different steps in the purification process of wastewater.

Sheetz: Claysburg-Kimmel

Students from Claysburg-Kimmel High School were invited to tour their business partner’s, Sheetz, Inc., facility where they learned the various departments and job positions available.  Sheetz stores are in multiple states and they employ over 19,000 employees. The students then participated in a question and answer session. Sheetz provided them with goodies (sweets, drinks, food, etc.)  followed by a tour of the building, where students were able to take time out to pose for pictures and play a little ice hockey in the employee lounge.  Students toured the wellness center where employees have a fitness center. In the wellness center there are nurse practitioners where  employees and their families can receive services at no cost.

Corle Building Systems: Chestnut Ridge HS

Corle Building Systems invited Chestnut Ridge High School drafting students on a tour in Bedford, PA. Students were unaware of the many opportunities with Corle a business just fifteen minutes away from their local high school that they attend each day. Team members from Corle led the students through their various departments and answered their questions which , in turn, had some of the students interested in applying to work in drafting or welding either after they graduate or during their time in school to make some real cash.

“I was thinking about choosing a [different career path] and now that I heard about coming to work for Corle right after high school, and since I am really enjoying my CAD class, I think I will come here.” – Dominick, Chestnut Ridge Student

Martin-Baker America: Ferndale HS

Martin Baker America invited Ferndale Area High School students for a tour of their facility in Johnstown, PA and is also hosting the group of students to create a video project featuring their company. Martin-Baker manufactures ejection seats, and students are able to learn about the life-saving technology taking place in their community.

Students learned about Martin-Baker America as a unique business in their community. From engineering of ejection seats to sewing parachutes, students were awed from start to finish at what career opportunities are in their own backyards.


Career Activities


Pictured Top Left: 

Portage Area HS held a career fair that Mount Aloysius College attended to educate students on options after graduation.

Pictured Top Right: 

Greene County held a countywide career fair. First Federal Bank attended to educate students on careers in banking.

Pictured Bottom:

Belle Vernon Area HS seniors created senior projects that TCP business partners, COE Distributing, Ford Business Machines, Elliott Group, and the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce reviewed. They also got to share career stories with students.

Thank You Trello Chocolate


Special Thanks To

Trello Chocolates

for donating the chocolate TCP sold to raise $2,520 at the Pittsburgh Business Exchange Holiday Party!

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Our Student of the Year Finalists Have Been Announced!

These 3 Students will be featured in next month’s newsletter!

Jayda Jones- Brownsville Area HS

Calyx Castel- Central Cambria HS

Cole Nickolls- Ringgold HS

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