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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Education Center, together with business,