Seniors at Johnsonburg Area High School recently held their annual “mock interviews” as part of their graduation project class. Each senior participated in an interview with a local employer. Employers from Northwest Bank, ARC Metals, Metaldyne, The Community Ed Center (CEC) and the Johnsonburg Area School District interviewed students as if they were actually hiring them. This experience will help students as they head into the working world after graduation. Grad project teacher, Mrs. Anna Chelgreen, teamed up with local employers and the CEC’s DISCOVER Partnership to offer the “Career Connect” program and mock interviews to the senior class. The Career Connect program was developed by North Central’s Workforce Development Board and is intended to educate students about jobs and industry that are in demand in the area and prepare students to be good workers. Students explored a variety of in demand industries and careers, met with local employers, learned about entrepreneurship through the PA Wilds Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs program and worked with their teacher and the CEC to write cover letters, resumes and learn techniques for successful interviews. Above, Christina Tigani from Northwest Bank interviews senior, Max Crowe. For more information on this program, contact the Community Ed Center at (814) 781-3437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ridgway Area High School students headed into the community for their quarterly “Career Cruise” experience. To prepare for the future, students have been exploring careers in the classroom. To reinforce what they have learned in the classroom, students toured local companies to learn about careers in Elk County. Stops on the tour included North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission, Metal Powder Products, the Elk County Courthouse, and 97.5 The Hound. Patalano’s Place II sponsored lunch for the students and shared tips for owning a small business in the area. At each location students learned about the variety of career opportunities and the skills and training they would need for each. This program was coordinated by the Community Education Center’s DISCOVER Partnership, a business and education partnership aimed at creating an awareness about local opportunities and forming connections between students and local companies. For more information contact the CEC at 781-3437 or email@example.com.
St. Marys- Penn Highlands Elk partnered with the Community Education Center’s (CEC) DISCOVER Partnership to offer “Healthcare Careers Day” for local students in Elk County. Those in attendance represented ECC, Johnsonburg, Ridgway, and St. Marys area high schools. Throughout the day, staff at Penn Highlands engaged students in hands-on tours and demonstrations in selected departments. Groups visited the Pulmonary Function Testing Lab, Radiology, Rehabilitation, and the Operating Room. Following the tours, hospital staff demonstrated patient care on “SimMan,” a life-sized mannequin used for training. Hospital administration was on hand to discuss the demand for a range of careers in healthcare and the education required for each. They also answered a multitude of questions relating to the healthcare field. All in attendance got a behind-the-scenes glimpse into careers in healthcare. Students hope to use the information that was learned as they plan for life after graduation. For more information on this and similar programs offered by the DISCOVER Partnership, contact the CEC at (814) 781-3437 or visit communityedcenter.com. For more information on careers at Penn Highlands Elk, visit www.phhealthcare.org.
PRESS RELEASE: December 9, 2015 by Tracey Williams
On December 9th, 2015, the Leadership Elk County (LEC) participants had the opportunity to learn about Elk County's history. The intent of this learning opportunity was to learn about how Elk County has evolved and been preserved. The day began at the St. Marys Historical Society with Michelle Bogacki, an alumni of LEC program, welcoming everyone.
Ray Beimel, Historical Society Director and owner of Beimel Photography, started the day showing a slideshow presenting the history of Elk County. He touched on the resources that were imperative to the land such as railroads, mining, farming, rivers, and lumber. He pointed out that Elk County was extremely thick with forest and the first tree that fell was in Iron Run. He continued to present interesting facts regarding the history of how businesses began and how some are still viable today. Also, Ray gave a tour of the Historical Society to the participants. Items such as old clothing, medical supplies, and pictures of people and businesses of the past were shown to the group to provide a look into the early history of Elk County.
Prior to the day’s meeting, participants were asked to conduct an interview with a person who they found fascinating such as a community leader, business owner or a relative. They were to engage in conversation about this persons experiences and how things have changed over time in Elk County. Each participant summarized their interview and gave a three minute presentation to the group. After presentations were given, it was evident that in order to understand history to its fullest extent one needs to experience it.
After the presentations were given, the class went on a tour of downtown St. Marys led by David Larkin, LEC alumni. The first stop was Tablespoons Cafe' & Deli which was previously Smith's Sport Store. The group then walked around viewing historical locations learning about the work of the Heritage Preservation Group that has helped to enhance the appearance of downtown St Marys.
The group then made a stop in Ridgway at the Elks Club on South Street where they enjoyed lunch sponsored by the Main Street Program. Michelle Bogacki, an alumni of the LEC program and current Main Street Manager, was introduced. Michelle took the group on a walking tour of Ridgway’s Historical District. Stops were made at the Udarbe Complex, the Towers Victorian Inn, the Cooke's-Murphy House, the Ridgway Public Library, YMCA, Elk County Historical Society, the Home of Tom Knotes, the Welcome Center, and various shops along Broad and Main Streets. Michelle pointed out to the group buildings that had recent renovations, old woodwork in the buildings from the Hyde & Murphy Company, and discussed upcoming projects.
The group ended their day at the Ridgway Elks where they began discussion regarding upcoming project that the LEC class will be partnering on with local non-profit organizations. These projects include a Community Supported Agriculture/Community Garden, Ridgway Beautification Project, Fundraising and Development, Mental Health/Aging Awareness Campaign, and a Senior Outreach Program. Each participant will be assigned to a group to work on a project after the next meeting in January 2016.
For more information regarding the LEC program, contact the Community Education Center at (814) 781-3437 or visit www.leadershipelkcounty.com.
The Community Education Center, together with business,