Inaugural Polytechnic Career Awareness Event Announced for March 15

The Challenge Program, Inc. presents a unique opportunity for parents & other community members to learn about the highly-skilled trade occupations available in our area. Traditional blue-collar jobs are now known as “gold-collar” jobs because these positions have become highly skilled and technical. These jobs provide innovative, stimulating work environments with family-sustaining wages.

Many of these jobs do not require traditional four year post-secondary schooling, but rather, a mix of technical training and education. In fact, students can train for them by attending a local career and technology center while they are still in high school and/or pursuing some form of post-secondary education.

The Challenge Program, Inc., in collaboration with industry and community partners, is planning this event to increase awareness to parents, teachers and students on this new wave of “gold-collar jobs”.  Two-thirds of high school students pursue a college degree, while only roughly a third of the jobs available require them. Our goal is to highlight this gap, and introduce our audience to ALL future career opportunities.

Representatives from local businesses/employers, educational organizations and elected officials will create a panel of resources concerning these polytechnic (many-technologies) jobs of tomorrow.

WHEN: March 15th 2016; 5:30-7pm

WHERE: Richland Senior High School – 1 Academic Ave, Johnstown, PA 15904

Current Participants Include:
Businesses: Riggs Industries, FirstEnergy, Martin-Baker America, Corle Building Systems, and more!

Education: Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, Penn Highlands Community College, and WyoTech.

Other: JARI (Johnstown Area Regional Industries), Builder’s Guild, and The Challenge Program, Inc.

Please save the date! More information will be available soon. Please contact Sara Deyarmin, Manager of Program Development, at with any questions.