The Challenge Program, Inc.'s Newsletter
February 2020

Huntington Bank Reality Day

Students at Jeannette High School participated in Reality Day with Huntington Bank. The day started with breakout sessions introducing basic finance and budgeting concepts. Students were then given a hypothetical situation including careers, salaries, family situations and credit scores.

Using this information, students traveled to different stations that dealt with real world expenses such as childcare, transportation, housing, etc. The realization for students came when they found their expenses outweighing their paycheck and they had to begin re-evaluating their purchases, look into opportunities to advance their education or get a second job, and visit the bank for assistance.

“ I enjoyed the activity because I learned a lot about real world expenses, but it was frustrating because I kept going broke! I had to keep thinking about what would matter to me in the long run and adjust my budget.”

Jeannette Jr/Sr HS Sophomore student, Kylie T


Crystal Owl Gala         

Our Crystal Owl Gala is TCP’s signature fundraising event and is happening April 23rd at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Sponsorship information is now available using the link below!


Student of the Year

Don’t Forget! TCP’s Student of the Year Competition closes on March 6th, 2020.

3 Finalists will receive $1,000 and will attend the Crystal Owl Gala in April!

Martin-Baker America: Greater Johnstown CTC

Machining students from the Greater Johnstown CTC (GJCTC) visited Martin-Baker America to tour the facility and experience what a machinist’s environment is actually like outside of their technical courses. The students had an up-close and personal view of the many varieties of machines inside the Machining Department and were able to ask as many questions as they could during the hour-long tour.

“I think it’s important to be able to take the high school students in the area and integrate them into the workplace so that they understand what actually goes on here in their community.”

Brian Galiote, Contract Administrator Manager at Martin-Baker America

Student Quotes

“I have never been the best in my class. TCP taught me that it is important that we know that failing doesn’t make you a failure. It makes you stronger.”-Anna D’Aciemo (2015 Student of the Year Finalist)

“TCP explained how important attendance is for the workforce. While this was unimportant for me at the time, I now see how attendance can impact daily performance.”-Myles Cramer (2017 Student of the Year Finalist)

Reynolds Solutions: Woodland Hills

Students from Woodland Hills High School visited, Dickson Elementary with Reynolds Construction. The students received a private site tour and presentation. Students learned about how the construction process works, what kind of equipment is used and the wide variety of jobs within the construction industry. Students were shown different aspects of the school that have been updated or built such as the gym, cafeteria and new media center.

Forbes Hospital/ Allegheny Health Network : Forbes Road CTC

The Health Science students from Forbes Road CTC had the opportunity to talk with Forbes Hospital about upcoming opportunities including job shadowing and the possibility of a summer internship. Students were able to ask questions about what departments they would get to see and the dress code.

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