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Workforce Development

Investment 101: Welcome to the Bird Cage

This February marks the 7th year of a unique partnership between G.A.P. Federal Credit Union and Conemaugh Valley High School—a business/school partnership that was established through The Challenge Program, Inc. in 2010. This partnership has allowed students to get a hands-on learning approach to the world of finance, through the opening of a student run credit union branch that operates within the school’s walls while providing opportunities for employment. Starting in 10th grade, students can...
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18 and Living the Dream

A day where you get out of the office and get to meet business partners and students is more than likely going to be a good day. When The Challenge Program, Inc. (TCP) found out that Gardner Denver was hiring two graduating seniors, Stephen and Travis (pictured left) from their partnered school Admiral Peary AVTS, Sara, the Senior Program Development Manager, set up a meeting with the business and students for the end of June....
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How To Hit The Jackpot

It can be a confusing time when you are forced into choosing what you want to do for the rest of your life without ever having the opportunity to actually do it. When I was 18 everyone told me that I needed to choose right now. I would always say “I have no idea.” I was forced to choose and of course, I chose wrong. I wasted time and money going to school to be...
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Shawn Kaufman – Making a Business Case for The Challenge Program, Inc.

In some ways, our motives could be seen as self- serving.  However, that would miss the point as students benefit as well. Many businesses are experiencing a very tight labor market. It’s a very challenging time right now finding qualified workers. Especially those with a technical or skilled trade education. Such as those who attend a career & tech center. Our company is competing against other local businesses who are recruiting from the same schools. ...
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Schools that Teach/Jobs that Pay…

On July 25, 2017, representatives from the Pennsylvania Departments of Education (PDE) and Labor and Industry (L&I) visited Corle Building Systems and met with participants of The Challenge Program, Inc., on a joint Schools That Teach/Jobs That Pay tour stop. The Challenge Program, Inc. develops relationships with businesses and educators, connecting students to their communities, and provides students with a hands-on learning experience that will foster career readiness and creates multiple pathways for success. “The...
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