Recently, the Emporium Rotary sponsored the “Rotary Days Career Cruise” for the Cameron County and Austin High School 9th graders. Students spent the morning touring Embassy Powdered Metals and the Cameron County Court House, plus a stop at Andrews Farms for an educational experience from Ryan Magaro of Rich Valley Apiary on bee keeping. Some words of wisdom the students received include “keep your head held high when walking in the community and say “hi” to those you have met today. Networking and getting to know people is a great opportunity…you never know when a person can be a resource for your future.” The students learned a lot about the awesome opportunities in our area and plan to use what they learned as they prepare for their future jobs. In addition to enjoying the company tours, the students spent the afternoon at Sizerville Park with a lunch provided by the Rotary. They had a blast learning about the Rotary Club and enjoying the activities provided by the local 4H and the Sizerville Environmentalist. A great big "Thank You" goes out to the businesses that participated and the sponsors of this event! This event was coordinated by the Community Education Center's (CEC) DISCOVER Partnership and is aimed at supporting career education and creating an awareness of local employment opportunities. If your school or company is interested in participating in a similar event, please contact the CEC at (814) 781-3437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School students from St. Marys, Ridgway, Johnsonburg, ECC and Cameron County participated in the High School Job Fair on April 21st at the St. Mary’s High School. Local businesses and organizations were on hand to talk to students about job opportunities they currently have available for 16-18 year olds. This included full time, part time, summer work, co-op/school to work, and apprenticeships. Students learned there are a lot of job openings throughout the county in a variety of fields including manufacturing, healthcare, food service, communications, and store operations. Employers enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the students. The River 98.9 was also present doing “on air” live feeds from the event. A great big "Thank You" to all those that participated! This event was sponsored by the St. Marys High School and the Community Education Center's (CEC) DISCOVER Partnership. The DISCOVER Partnership is aimed at supporting career education and creating an awareness of local employment opportunities. If your school or company is interested in participating in a similar event, please contact the CEC at (814) 781-343 7 or email@example.com.
St Marys, April 14, 2017 - Leadership Elk & Cameron gathered Wednesday, April 12, for Economic and Community Development Day. The class met in St Marys at the Community Education Center for a welcome from Kate Brock, Executive Director of the CEC.
The morning began with a presentation from Eric Wolfe, Founding Board Member of Manufacturers for Employee Education and Advancement, Inc. (MEEA) and President of Horizon Technologies. Discussion included the impact of manufacturing in this area, and how MEEA has identified and is working to combat local barriers to economic development. Wolfe emphasized the value of the LEC program in economic development, as it is designed to market the community and execute community-driven projects.
A presentation from Amy Kessler, Director of Community Development for the North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission, informed the class about a new website for the six county North Central Pennsylvania region, as well as her role in transportation development. Blythe Brunner followed with a presentation of PA CareerLink® services, explaining how CareerLink® works to build skilled workers and connect job seekers to available work.
The class then traveled to Kersey to tour Horizon Wood Products. A LEC Alumni and an important part of the family business, Pete Terbovich, walked the class through the company’s entire process of the sawmill, from log-buying in northwest and northcentral PA, processing of lumber on-site, to executing sales all over the world.
After lunch the group traveled back to St Marys, where LEC member Roseann Chrisman gave a tour of Straub Brewery. She explained Straub’s rich history and noted the brewery as a staple in the community and economic development of Elk County since 1872.
The group ended the day in Cameron County at Embassy Powdered Metals. The company is truly a dynamic testament to economic development, doubling in size twice in the past few years. President Steve Aharrah and Logistics Coordinator Ron Hammersley spoke to the group about the importance of Powdered Metals to the region, and led the group on a tour.
Leadership Elk & Cameron is a program of the Community Education Center (CEC). Applications for next year’s class are now available. If you would like to learn more about the class or would like to register, please contact the CEC at (814) 781-3437 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 781-3437.
2017 Leadership Elk & Cameron Participants include Amy Anderson, Warren Beck, Michelle Brooks, Roseann Crissman, Yvonne Gerber, Jessica Herzing, Fritz Lecker, Ann Marie Pfoutz, Christopher Pletcher, Bri Pursley, Alyse Renwick, Tina Solak, Lisa Sorg and Cathy Walters.
Front Row, L to R: Bri Pursley, Tina Solak, Alyse Renwick, Cathy Walters
Back Row, L to R: Warren Beck, Roseann Crisman, Lisa Sorg, Amy Anderson, Fritz Lecker, Yvonne Gerber, Ann Marie Pfoutz, Chris Pletcher
Recently, Ridgway Area High School students participated in their final “Career Cruise” for this school year. Ms. Schaut's 10th grade students have been exploring careers in the classroom in attempts to plan for life after high school. Students met with local employees from the State Police, Horizon Wood Products, Elk County's Emergency Services, American Axle and Manufacturing (formerly MPG), and Ridgmont. Students had the opportunity to tour and meet with the employees, get a glimpse of the local job opportunities and learn about employment expectations. “Good grades, good attendance and a good work ethic” were continually emphasized throughout the day. At many of the stops, employers advised students to “Find a career you love to do”. Several of the companies explained they provide “on the job” training, which meant they could start up right after graduation. Students also have the opportunity to return and job shadow a certain company if they have an interest in that field. The students enjoyed the day and will use the information they gained as they plan their futures. A great big "Thank You" goes out to the businesses that participated and the sponsors of this event! This event was coordinated by the Community Education Center's (CEC) DISCOVER Partnership and is aimed at supporting career education and creating an awareness of local employment opportunities. If your school or company is interested in participating in a similar event, please contact the CEC at (814) 781-3437 or email@example.com.
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Contact: Amy Goode
Local Educators Visit MPG Ridgway
On March 23rd, the Potter County Education Council and Community Education Center DISCOVER Partnership held an Educator in the Workplace event. Educators from Ridgway and Johnsonburg school districts spent the day at MPG (Metaldyne Performance Group) Ridgway to get a hands-on opportunity in the powdered metal industry to connect their subject area with relevant business practices such as the challenges, new technologies, and use of academic skills in the workplace. The Educators spent time in each department learning the roles within the company, career paths, job opportunities, and skills required for the job. MPG put an emphasis on the need for skilled labor positions like Die Setters, Tooling and Robotics Operators. They recommend students research these career paths that require Certifications or Associates Degrees that would get them working in a short bit of time with the ability to work in a state of the art facility and live right in their hometown. Many times throughout the day, MPG informed the educators they are looking for “students with communication and presentation skills. They need to know how to talk to people.”
This workplace experience gives the Educators an opportunity to modify their lesson plans and instructional approaches so that students are learning skills they need to get a job and so they can relate what they are learning in the classroom to the world of work. According to Mrs. Rosemarie Schaut, Ridgway High School English Instructor, “I spent a great day at Metaldyne Performance Group in Ridgway, today through the CEC "Educator In the Workplace " Program. There are so many opportunities for our young graduates throughout Elk County, at so many educational and interest levels in the metal-formed components industries. These industries provide further training, international travel opportunities, and problem-solving team environments. It was fun to meet people passionate about what they do and interested in sharing how their roles help contribute to the shared vision of this global operation. This was a terrific experience.”
The next Educator in the Workplace Event is scheduled for April 7th at the Elk Country Visitors Center. Educators can contact the CEC at 781-3437 or register online at http://www.pottercountyedcouncil.org.
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Contact: Jackie Herbstritt
Leadership Elk & Cameron Begins Day at Cameron County School District
Members of the Leadership Elk & Cameron class recently met for Arts and Education Day. The day began at Cameron County High School where the first presentation was by Dr. Keith Wolfe, Superintendent for Cameron County School District. He discussed the initiatives and overview of the programs and the class was given a tour of the Cameron County Junior Senior High School.
Prior to the class, all participants were asked to interview a faculty member or administration from pre-school to 12th grade in the public or private school system in Elk or Cameron County. Participants learned about the strengths, challenges, trends and opportunities of the area’s education system.
Julie Mader, a teaching artist from Smethport, gave an overview of the work she has completed in this area through the Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) Arts in Education program. Amy Goode, Program Manager, Community Education Center discussed the DISCOVER Partnership Initiative, which is an initiative that connects local schools and businesses in the area. Leadership Elk & Cameron had lunch at Cameron County High school and it was sponsored by the DISCOVER Partnership program.
Following lunch the group traveled to Ridgway for a tour of Elkwood Arts at Dickinson Center Inc. Then Sara Frank, Community Outreach & Gallery Coordinator presented an overview of the programs and initiatives at the Elk County Council on the Arts. Kate Brock, Board Secretary for the Rural Regional College of Northern PA/Executive Director for the CEC presented a summary on the Rural Regional College Initiative and how it will impact this region.
Rick Skellen, Ridgway High School Art teacher also joined the group to discuss all forms of art and the impact art has on students. Lastly, the class heard from PJ Piccirillo, Arts in Education artist and writer, who discussed his work in the communities and schools in the area.
Leadership Elk County is a program of the Community Education Center (CEC). Applications for next year’s class will be available in April. If you would like to learn more about the class or would like to register, please contact the CEC at (814) 781-3437 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 781-3437.
Photo provided: Teaching Artist Julie Mader presents to the Leadership Elk & Cameron class at the Cameron County Junior-Senior High School.
Recently, Patty Schaut and her Career Class from Ridgway Area High School participated in a bus tour of local companies. This was the second "Career Cruise" of the year. Ms. Schaut's students have been exploring careers in the classroom in attempts to plan for life after high school. To reinforce what they have been learning, students had the opportunity to tour and meet with employees from local companies in Elk County and get a glimpse of the local job opportunities and learn about employment expectations. Students met with employees from Elk County's Emergency Services, Metaldyne Ridgway, Elk County Foods, Fox’s Pizza, Ridgway Record Print Shop and Ridgmont. Some of the highlights were watching the process of printing the local Ridgway Record and interacting with the residents at Ridgmont. The students enjoyed the day and will use the information they gained as they plan their futures. A great big "Thank You" goes out to the businesses that participated and the sponsors of this event! This event was coordinated by the Community Education Center's (CEC) DISCOVER Partnership and is aimed at supporting career education and creating an awareness of local employment opportunities. If your school or company is interested in participating in a similar event, please contact the CEC at (814) 781-3437 or email@example.com.
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Qualified and properly trained workers are a valuable commodity in today’s job marketplace. That’s even more true for much of northcentral Pennsylvania, where years of population loss have depleted the workforce as young adults have left to pursue career opportunities. One response to this disturbing trend, the regional Discover Partnership, is showing some progress, according to Amy Goode, a program director for the Community Education Council (CEC) of Cameron and Elk counties. Its goal is to connect businesses, schools and community organizations through on-the-job training, internships, apprenticeships, new degree programs and non-credit training courses. Between 2000 and 2010, Cameron County’s population fell by about 15 percent, some of it driven by a national economic recession of 2008 and early 2009. Goode said several of the industries adversely affected by that recession have now rebounded, but the workers who left haven’t returned. Good-paying jobs exist, but many local businesses can’t fil them. “We need to make our students aware that good jobs, and not just entry-level positions, are out there.” Goode said. “There’s a misconception that you need a four-year degree and that’s not true.” Discover Partnership has already made several in-roads in Cameron County, including:
• Student tours of local companies, “educator in the workplace” events to allow teachers to observe local workplace settings, and job shadowing.
• Establishment of a computer lab next to the Pa. CareerLink offices at the Emporium Forging facility. Classes and workshops are offered dealing with social media, computer operating systems and other areas of technology.
• A Career Connect program at Cameron County High School, introducing students to careers and walking them through mock interviews with local employers.
• Expanded high school curriculum options, including Junior Achievement, career fairs, vocational research, writing classes and independent living courses. Goode said CEC offers college courses through Gannon, Pitt-Bradford and Penn State DuBois, as well as certification testing, GED instruction and professional development courses.
For more information, call 814-781-3437 or visit the website, discoverpartnership.org.
Deadline to register for the June 1st Class is quickly approaching.
The J.A.T.C. of Local Union #354 announces an opportunity to apply for an opening in the Plumbers Apprenticeship Program.
Must be at least 18 years of age at time of filing application.
Must be physically capable of performing work of outside construction plumbing-pipefitting trade, work at various heights, and extreme weather conditions.
Must be willing to work for various contractors.
Must attend related instruction classes a minimum of two evenings per week for a minimum of five years and be available for employment.
Apply in Person on either February 20, 21 or 22 at the Ebensburg JATC, 172 Municipal Road, Ebensburg, PA 15931 from 8:00AM-12:00PM.
Bring with you:
A high school transcript of grades (not diploma) or GED test results.
Two (2) letters of recommendation from former employers, school officials or non-related persons.
If a veteran, Photo copy of the military discharge, form DD-214.
Must provide a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.
For more information, contact 724-925-8108!
The Community Education Center, together with business,