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What Is Success In Somerset County?

An education initiative developed by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, Success in Somerset County creates awareness of career, job and educational opportunities in Somerset County through panels, tours and specialized programs. A special emphasis is placed on high-demand jobs and industries in the area. In 2013, the Chamber applied for direct funding under the Routes Grant funded by the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies to launch Success in Somerset County as a pilot program. Click here to read more about this program.

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Youth Paid Work Experience Opportunity

The PA CareerLink Somerset County & Tableland Services Inc. is currently seeking 14-24 year olds that are interested in an eight-week paid work experience. The program offers one week of paid pre-employment training (resume writing, application assistance, interviewing tips and career exploration) as well as eight weeks of employment at a local business. The program is funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and is based on eligibility and suitability requirements. For more information, contact Amy Kimmel at (814) 445-4161, ext. 232 or

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High School Credit Recovery Program

For some students, failed courses and too many missed classes jeopardize their ability to earn a high school diploma. In fact, more than 1.2 million students drop out of high school each year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. That’s one student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day. Credit recovery through Ignite Education Solutions, a division of The Learning Lamp, can prevent students from becoming a statistic by keeping them in school and on track for graduation. To read more, click here.

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Blue-Collar Skills Shortage

When business leaders talk about a skills shortage, white-collar, degree-demanding jobs come to mind. But employment experts say the skills gap may be even more pressing for decent-paying jobs that don't require any college at all.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) predicts that U.S. companies will be facing two million job vacancies by 2025. And the American Welding Society contends that manufacturing industries will need 300,000 welders and welding instructors by 2020. Technology has replaced some jobs and made others obsolete. But a significant number of manufacturing jobs remain open with not enough people to fill them.

So, why aren’t jobseekers clamoring to get into manufacturing — where a welder can earn $90,000 a year? Click here to read the full article.

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Child Labor Laws For Summer Jobs

Once school is out for summer, many companies will take on help from local high school students. Make sure you're up to date on the latest child labor rules by checking out the Dept. of Labor's Child Labor Rules Advisor here.

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Seven Springs Summer Employment

Seven Springs Mountain Resort is looking to hire 400 employees for seasonal, part-time and full-time employment for the summer and wwill be hosting open interviews from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays in May at the resort. Available positions include those in retail, security, restaurants, swimming pools and recreation. No appointment is necessary. Interested candidates may apply at and arrive at human resources for an interview.

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Somerset Co. Library Summer Programs

Somerset County Library has released information on its upcoming summer learning programs. Click here for details.

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PHEAA & PASFAA Workshops

Guidance counselors, mark your calendars for upcoming PHEAA & PASFAA Financial Aid workshops. Explore the opportunities and application procedures for federal and state financial aid. Discuss changes and timely issues that affect you as you work with students pursing their postsecondary options. See the full list of available dates here.

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Get Involved, Get Connected

Want to showcase your business or organization on this page? Click here to learn how you can get involved.

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