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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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Young Adult Employment Program

The PA CareerLink® of Somerset County and CAPFSC/Tableland Services, Inc. are currently looking for worksites for their young adult employment programs. Young adults have expressed interest in: landscaping, welding, manufacturing, culinary arts, clerical, child care, indoor and outdoor maintenance, music/theatre/arts, farming and animal care, working with the elderly, retail, factory, inventory and stocking duties, etc. Click here to learn more about benefits to employers and responsibilities of employers. For more information, contact Amy Kimmel at (814) 445-9628, ext. 232, or akimmel@capfsc.org. The program aims to benefit local residents ages 16-24 who graduated or dropped out of high school gain job skills and work experience.

 

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Polytechnic Career Awarness Fair

Join The Challenge Program, Inc. for its 2017 Polytechnic Career Awareness Fair Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Somerset Area High School. This event presents a unique forum for parents to learn about the highly skilled polytechnic (many technologies) occupations available in our region and the training and education needed to attain these career opportunities. Meet with local employers, learn about resources and hear from a panel of “Polytechnic Success Stories.” For more information, click here or contact Sara Deyarmin at (814) 533-7401, ext. 104, or deyarmins@tcpinc.org.


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2017 Youth Philanthropy Internships

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies encourages current high school seniors from Bedford, Cambria, Somerset, and Indiana counties (with a passion for community involvement, public relations, and current events) to apply for the 2017 Youth Philanthropy Internship.

Throughout the eight-week paid internship, participants will use their skill sets to identify and support solutions for areas of concern within our community, while bringing a youthful perspective to the Foundation’s grantmaking.

The 2017 YPI is scheduled to run from June 19 to August 11 in downtown Johnstown. Former interns are quick to point out that this is “far from a typical internship.” Over the course of the summer, interns will work in teams to create and implement a youth philanthropy project, which will culminate in awarding grants to local agencies that serve the region. In order to develop the project, the interns will research a variety of issues facing local neighborhoods, identify service priorities, build funding guidelines, solicit request for proposals, and ultimately award funding. Interns will not only learn the basics of grantmaking but also create media advocacy pieces, volunteer for community organizations, and earn money — all while gaining greater knowledge about our  region.

The internship is funded by a grant from The Heinz Endowments, and mirrors the Endowments’ highly successful Summer Youth Philanthropy Internship. The Heinz Endowments supports multiple efforts to make western Pennsylvania a great place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

The Community Foundation recognizes the growing need to closely understand how area issues affect local teens and, therefore, offers this opportunity for the Class of 2017 to work with its staff as paid summer interns. Ideal candidates should be able to work in teams, demonstrate strong communication skills, and be able to interview, collect, and report information.

Applications are available online only at www.cfalleghenies.org and are due March 10. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and a select number of candidates will be asked to visit the Foundation for an interview. Eight candidates will ultimately be selected for the internship.


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Rockwood Receives Grant

Rockwood Area School District’s Engineering & Technology instructor, Joe Kush, is excited to announce the district is the recipient of a $1,500 grant from the Riggs Family Foundation. Rockwood’s educational consultant, Sharon Clapper, worked with Riggs Industries’ director of human resources, Shawn Kaufman, to facilitate the grant. Shawn had the opportunity to tour Rockwood’s Engineering & Technology Department last spring at an open house event and was pleased with the direction of the program and the opportunities for students. The grant was used to purchase a Lincoln Electric hand held plasma cutter for the metal laboratory. The equipment is an exciting addition to the program and will provide the students with an opportunity to experience new skills and theory.

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Junior Achievement Seeks Volunteers

Junior Achievement of Western PA is looking for volunteers to present their program at North Star in April & May in their elementary school. If you’re interested in presenting the program to second or fourth graders, click here. The training packet explains what your role would be in the classroom. If you’re interested, please contact Victoria Baker, education program manager, at (814) 266-2125 or vbaker@jawesterpa.org.


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2017 Titan Business Challenge

Junior Achievement invites companies to participate in the 2017 Titan Business Challenge, a business strategy tournament uniquely designed to unleash student creativity, test leadership skills and demonstrate the competitive nature of the free enterprise system. Students will increase their understanding of running a business in a competitive, high-tech marketplace and get the chance to win prizes. Businesses can participate in this event by being one of the sponsors of the Titan Business Challenge and coach a team to victory. Click here for complete sponsorship details. Contact Victoria Baker at (814) 266-2125, ext. 197, or vbaker@jawesternpa.org with any questions.


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Beware Of GED Scams

Many “GED scams” operate throughout the country and try to trick people into paying for a high school diploma. States use several formal testing services to provide high school equivalency testing.  In Pennsylvania, residents may test at an approved Pearson Vue testing center or via a HiSET testing service. Both options require test-takers to register online and pay a nominal fee to take each section of the test. Test takers must go to an approved testing facility where a proctor verifies the person’s identity and monitors the testing process. The Somerset County Technology Center is an approved Pearson Vue testing center and offers GED testing every other week. To learn more about obtaining a high school equivalency, or to register for free high school equivalency preparation classes, contact Heidi Petrosky at (814) 443-3651, ext. 6156, or hpetrosky@sctc.net.

The following links provide important information about potential scams and also about the official ways to obtain a high school equivalency in Pennsylvania.

High School Diploma Scams

High School Equivalency/Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma


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Tax Refunds & College Savings Accounts

Pa. Treasurer Joe Torsella recently announced that, for the first time, Pennsylvanians can deposit their state income tax refund directly into an existing, tax-exempt Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program account. With the new option, all or a portion of a refund can be sent to one or multiple accounts. To learn more, click here.

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Spring Job & Internship Fair April 5

Registration is open for Pennsylvania Highlands Community College's 2017 Spring Job & Internship Fair Wednesday, April 5. Recruit career-ready students, interns, soon-to-be graduates and alumni for internships and/or positions at your business or organization. Register online here, or for more information, contact Penn Highlands' Career Services office at (814) 262-3850 or careerservices@pennhighlands.edu.

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Manufacturing Technical Training

The Somerset County Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers computer-based training programs for skills and knowledge needed in the advanced manufacturing and industrial workplaces of today. These self-paced CD-ROM and DVD packages present a simulated interactive experience that allows students to design circuitry, perform tests and work with electronic equipment. These highly regarded programs, which lead to technical certificates in four areas, were designed by George Brown College in partnership with top corporate trainers. They are robotics technician, electronics technician, programmable logic controller (PLC) technician I and II and electromechanical technician. Students with a high school diploma or equivalent mature-student status can learn more at www.alleganytech-gbc.com.

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Neilan Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Francis and Elizabeth Neilan Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, which recognizes and rewards outstanding and innovative teaching in the Somerset Area Senior High School that promotes educational attainment, enhances student development and achievement of educational goals, and inspires engagement in the community and the world. Founded in 2016, the award is presented by Mary Neilan Stansfield, a graduate of Somerset Area High School, in memory of her parents, Francis and Elizabeth Neilan. The $1,000 annual cash award is presented to a current classroom educator. One half of the award shall be used for the purposes of personal and educational development with the remainder applied to direct educational or classroom support. For additional information, click here. Completed packets should be submitted to the district’s administrative office no later than 4 p.m. March 31.

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Get Involved, Get Connected

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