Frequently Asked Questions

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BUSINESSES

What is The Challenge Program, Inc.?

The Challenge Program, Inc. (TCP) is a motivational high school program for all students in grades 10, 11, and 12, encouraging students to succeed in school and in their future careers.

TCP encourages all students, regardless of their G.P.A., to move forward, progress towards a goal, and find something in their school-life that they can change, improve upon or excel.

We are not a scholarship program.

How does TCP accomplish its Mission?

TCP facilitates partnerships between a high school and a regional business to help students and educators recognize the opportunities for jobs in their communities.  Partnerships raise awareness regarding career paths, training or education required, and how to achieve and maintain these jobs.

TCP challenges all students in grades 10, 11, and 12, to reach high and achieve more in five categories linked to academic and career success.

  1. Attendance
  2. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
  3. Community Service
  4. Academic Improvement
  5. Academic Excellence
What does building "sustainable business/education partnerships" mean?

Part of TCP’s mission is to connect business and education.  We believe that business and education should come together to prepare students for what lies beyond the classroom.  Business and Education partnerships allow for an exchange of information vital to this preparation.

What are the benefits of TCP?

Businesses raise awareness with the future workforce regarding their organizations and opportunities in the communities where students live.

Businesses have hired students for the summer, as interns, or as full-time employees upon graduation.

Businesses have an opportunity to engage in a regional advisory council with other businesses and schools in their community. These councils provide productive and informative communication between businesses and education, keeping each other abreast of needs and requirements in their respective fields.

How does a business become a "Business Partner"?

  1. Click one of the forms below or go to the blue box at the left and select either
    1. Request a Call
    2. Business Contact Form
  2. TCP will contact you.
What is the role of the Business Partner?

  1. Business Partners...
    1. Build a relationship and engage with educators and students
    2. Attend The Challenge Program’s kick-off assembly in the fall at the school
    3. Attend and Present awards at the Senior Awards Program in the spring at the school
    4. Engage in at least one workforce development activity with the students and educators
    5. Financially support The Challenge Program, Inc. at your selected school or schools
    6. Choose to engage in an advisory council with other businesses and schools in your community
What are workforce development activities?

  1. Workforce development activities involve the business partner and a group of students and/or educators from the business's selected school/s.  An activity can take place
    1. In the classroom
    2. In the business’s facility
    3. In a related location
  2. We encourage you to visit the following TCP webpage
    1. tcpinc.org/workforce-development
How can workforce development activities help businesses?

  1. Workforce development activities promote
    1. Awareness of a business in the community with the next workforce generation
    2. Recruitment
    3. Careers in skills-gap fields
    4. Help students connect the relevance of what they are doing while in school
  2. We encourage you to visit the following TCP webpage
    1. tcpinc.org/workforce-development
Is there a cost to the program?

  1. Yes.
  2. The Business Partner financially supports our program in your selected school/s and funds the awards.
  3. The are several school sponsorship levels and opportunities. Please contact us for more information using the links below.
  4. TCP gains additional support from TCP fundraising events, and grant funding.
  5. Businesses have utilized Special Purpose Entity and Education Improvement Tax Credit programs to sponsor schools.
  6. To learn more, contact us by submitting one of the following forms:
    1. Request a Call
    2. Business Contact Form
Learn about SPE and EITC programs.

Visit our webpage https://www.tcpinc.org/eitc/

EDUCATORS

What is The Challenge Program, Inc.?

he Challenge Program, Inc. (TCP) is a motivational high school program for all students in grades 10, 11, and 12, encouraging students to succeed in school and in their future careers.

TCP encourages all students, regardless of their G.P.A., to move forward, progress towards a goal, and find something in their school-life that they can change, improve upon or excel.

We are not a scholarship program.

How does TCP accomplish its Mission?

TCP facilitates partnerships between a high school and a regional business to help students and educators recognize the opportunities for jobs in their communities.  Partnerships raise awareness regarding career paths, training or education required, and how to achieve and maintain these jobs.

TCP challenges all students in grades 10, 11, and 12, to reach high and achieve more in five categories linked to academic and career success.

  1. Attendance
  2. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
  3. Community Service
  4. Academic Improvement
  5. Academic Excellence
What does "building sustainable business/education partnerships" mean?

Part of TCP’s mission is to connect business and education.  We believe that business and education should come together to prepare students for what lies beyond the classroom.  Business and Education partnerships allow for an exchange of information vital to this preparation.

What are the benefits of TCP?

  1. All students in grades 10, 11, and 12 are challenged to achieve more personally and academically.  Our program has shown that at-risk students and those who may not be taking their education seriously have responded to The Challenge Program and turned unproductive behaviors around to realize their full potential.  Students with generally high academic abilities report that TCP helped them realize the importance of attendance and community service.
  2. Students hear directly from a local business representative about what is necessary to be successful in the workplace.  They begin to connect what they are learning in school and the five award categories to their future success.
  3. TCP assists educators with fulfilling state career goals and standards by providing surveys for students that can be added to their Act 339 files.
  4. Educators may attend business facility tours or presentations that may help them fulfill CCE credits.
  5. Students have an opportunity to earn cash incentives from TCP
  6. Students have an opportunity to enter our annual Student of the Year competition
How does a school become a "School Partner"?

  1. Click one of the forms below or go to the blue box at the left and select either
    1. Request a Call
    2. School Contact Form
  2. TCP will contact you.
What is the role of the School Partner?

  1. School Partners...
    1. Commit to The Challenge Program’s mission in building a partnership with your local business partner by engaging in the program and in workforce development activities with the business
    2. Commit to providing the time for The Challenge Program’s kick-off assembly in the fall with the business partner
    3. Commit to giving us permission to attend and present at your Senior Awards Program in the spring with the business partner
    4. Commit to selecting an educator to assist in facilitating TCP at your school. (TCP strongly recommends this educator be someone other than or in addition to the principal or director of the school)
  1. What is the role of the school's facilitator?
    1. Scheduling the kick-off assembly and Senior Awards Program with TCP
    2. Encourage students to take on the TCP challenge
    3. Respond to emails requesting information
    4. Work to assure that public announcement messaging provided by TCP is read to students
    5. Utilize TCP’s guidelines to select award recipients
    6. Submitting scheduling and the names of award recipients as requested via email
    7. Coordinating workforce development activities with TCP or the business partner
What are workforce development activities?

  1. Workforce development activities involve the business partner and a group of students and/or educators from the business's selected school/s.  An activity can take place
    1. In the classroom
    2. In the business’s facility
    3. In a related location
  2. We encourage you to visit the following TCP webpage
    1. tcpinc.org/workforce-development
How can workforce development activities help education?

  1. Workforce development activities promote
    1. Awareness of a business in the community with the next workforce generation
    2. Opportunities for internships, job shadowing, summer or full-time employment
    3. Awareness of careers in skills-gap fields
    4. Help students connect the relevance of what they are doing while in school
    5. Awareness of what employers look for when they are hiring
  2. We encourage you to visit the following TCP webpage
    1. tcpinc.org/workforce-development
Is there a cost to participating with The Challenge Program?

  1. The Business Partner financially supports TCP being an active program in schools
  2. TCP gains additional support from TCP fundraising events, and grant funding
AWARDS and PROGRAMMING

Is this a contest or scholarship?

  1. TCP is not a contest or a scholarship program.
  2. TCP is for all students regardless of past or current grades or behavior issues
  3. We challenge each student to compete against him or herself to change or improve a habit or behavior and achieve more than they believed they could and learn more than they thought they knew.
Do students sign up to win something?

  1. Students do not need to sign up and they cannot "win" an award.
  2. Once a school becomes an active participating school, all students are eligible for the program.
  3. Students EARN a reward for their accomplishments. It's all up to them.
  4. TCP will award a check made out directly to the student to use as they see fit.
  5. For each of the five categories, one student per grade may earn a check.
  6. This means five students from grade 10, five students from grade 11, and five students from grade 12 will receive these awards.
How does a student earn an award?

  1. Each student must decide to challenge him or herself in any or all of the categories.
  2. Each student should consider the change they may need to make to achieve their goal.

For example: What changes do I need to make to get to school every day?  Do I need to ask for help to improve my grades?  Where can I go to perform community service?

How are students selected for each category?

  1. The Challenge Program, Inc. will provide guidelines for each award category.  You can review the most recent guide HERE.
  2. Educators review students’ work in each grade and select students who fall within the parameters of the criteria for each category. These students are referred to as ‘finalists’.
    • There may only be one student in a category, and that is fine, however, it is more likely that there will be several students for each category if the guidelines are followed.
  3. It is important to remember that TCP is not a scholarship program. TCP encourages all students, regardless of past performance., to move forward, progress towards a goal, and find something in their school-life that they can change, improve upon or excel.
  4. TCP forwards a link for a student survey. We ask that student ‘finalists’ take this survey.
  5. A slip of paper is provided for the students to write down their names and the passcode at the end of the survey.
  6. "Finalists" return the slips to their educators.
  7. TCP highly recommends the use of a lottery system to select the award recipients.
  8. After the finalists have returned their slips, the slips are placed in a box or envelope for each award category. (If a student is eligible for more than one award, reuse or copy the slip. No need for a student to take the survey more than once.)
  9. To select the recipient of each award category, pull a slip from ‘the hat’.
Why does TCP recommend a lottery system?

  1. It is important to remember that TCP is not a scholarship program.
  2. TCP encourages all students, regardless of their past performance, to move forward, progress towards a goal, and find something in their school-life that they can change, improve upon or excel.
  3. For students to want to try, they must first believe they have an equal chance.
  4. By utilizing a lottery system with a group of students who already qualify as eligible for a particular category, you create trust in the program.
How can I help my students?

  1. As an educator, you can encourage your students to actively commit to The Challenge Program, Inc.
  2. You may be able to help them focus on a category, or explore strategies to meet their goals.
  3. TCP may be a means to an end for a student who is struggling or experiencing difficulties in their environments.
  4. An educator selected by the school will help facilitate TCP in the school.

FAQ for Educators and Students in Progress