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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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College & Technical Fair March 29

More than 40 schools and organizations have already signed up to participate in this year's College & Technical Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 29 at the 28th Military Police Company, Friedens. This annual event is free and open to the public, but is specifically designed to assist high school students and their families explore higher education and other opportunities after graduation. The event will also include an employer panel highlighting careers available in our area. Click here for a full list of participating schools and organizations as well as a list of employer panel participants.

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Salisbury Career Fair

The Salisbury-Elk Lick School District is seeking employers interested in participating in a Career Fair for high school students in April. Groups of two-three presenters will be asked to give a 10-15 minute talk to small groups of students who will have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions about their professions, training and other aspects of their chosen fields. If you're interested in participating, contact Jeff Dick at (814) 445-4161, ext. 224.

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Cambria County Job Fair May 2

Registration is now open for the Cambria County Job Fair Tuesday, May 2 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center. For more information, click here.

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Why Apprenticeships Are Taking Off

Twenty years ago, jobs such as those in manufacturing and health care required only a basic understanding of a singular task. Today those jobs have a much broader focus and skillset. The added requirements make it difficult for employees to keep up, resulting in a skills gap. This article explains why apprenticeship is one remedy.

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Penn State Online Career Fairs

Need a cost-effective way to connect with prospective hires? Does your organization have a sustainable focus? Want to connect with Penn State students, alumni, and veterans from the comfort of your office? Penn State is offering the opportunity for employers to chat in real-time with PSU students and alumni in one-on-one conversations while getting a snapshot of their resume and background from your own office. Click here for details.

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JARI Seeking Mentors For Competition

JARI is seeking mentors from the business community, instructors and/or students from area colleges and technology centers to assist teams of local high school students in a Pumpkin Chunkin Competition Nov. 4 at Faranda's Farm in Hollsopple. Students will form teams and build their own prototype of a trebruchet to launch pumpkins the longest distance using S.T.E.M. concepts. Mentors are needed to assist teams through the design, building and testing process. Judges are also needed. If you are interested in serving as a mentor or as a judge, contact Debi Balog at (814) 262-8366 or dbalog@jari.com.

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Hidden Valley Summer Employment

The Hidden Valley Foundation is looking for aquatic staff such as lifeguards and Snack Shack attendants for the upcoming summer season. Lifeguards must be at least 15 years of age and certified by an accredited lifeguard certification program such as the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Ellis & Associates, Boy Scouts of America, etc. Lifeguard certification includes CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid training, and Lifeguard training. Snack Shack attendants must be at least 16 years of age and should have experience operating a gas grill and handling food products. Certifications are not required to be hired as a Snack Shack Attendant. However, all applicants under 18 years of age must submit a Pennsylvania Worker’s Permit. For more information, call (814) 443-3001 or email Madison.Duran@FSResidential.com.


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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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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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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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