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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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Careerlink Grand Opening

Celebrate the grand opening of Pennsylvania Careerlink Somerset County's new location at the Somerset County Education Center. The ceremony includes a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, light refreshments and more. For more information, click here.

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New Workforce Honor For 2017

The Chamber's Success in Somerset County Committee has selected Debi Balog as the Chamber's first Workforce Education Star. This new honor will be presented annually to a business representative or educator who has made a significant impact on connecting students to career opportunities while also making an impact on providing skilled workers to local businesses. Debi will be recognized, along with the Chamber's other 2017 recipients, at a special ceremony Thursday, October 19 as well as at the Chamber's Annual Dinner Thursday, November 9 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Congrats, Debi!

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Manufacturing, Healthcare Job Fairs

Pennsylvania Careerlink Somerset County will be hosting a Manufacturing Job Fair Thursday, October 19 and a Healthcare Job Fair Thursday, October 26 from 1-4 p.m. at the Somerset County Education Center. For more information, contact Vincent Rodriguez at (814) 445-4161, ext. 226, or virodrigue@pa.gov. Click here to see the event flyer.

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On-The-Job Training Program

Pennsylvania Careerlink® offers on-the-job training (OJT) for area employers. Some requirements are:
- The maximum length of an OJT is six months.
- Employers are reimbursed for a minimum of 50% of the training wage for a maximum of 960 hours depending on the amount of training required and based on the availability of funding.
- The hire date and start date of OJT must be the same.
- OJT participants are treated in the same manner as all other employees (wage, opportunity for advancement etc.).
- The employer assumes payroll responsibility.
- The participant must attain a WorkKeys® Career Readiness Certificate.
- PA Careerlink® requires a minimum of 14 business days to process and secure final approval from Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission.
For more information, contact Vincent Rodriguez at virodrigue@pa.gov or Deb Hoover at dhoover@capfsc.org.

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Help Students With College Applications

It's recommended that high school juniors create college application accounts, such as the Common App, to become familiar with the information college applications collect. Remind students:
- Application supplements and essay prompts may have changed over the summer.
- Confirm the essay prompts the college will use for the upcoming application season before finalizing college essays.
- Allow ample time to get feedback on their essays before submitting.
- Colleges won't be able to see when an account is created, and how early an application is completed carries no weight in the admissions process.

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American Workforce Statistics

In a recent survey, 92% of business leaders thought that U.S. workers were not as skilled as they needed to be. And they are probably right. By 2018, 63% of all U.S. jobs will require education beyond high school. Yet, nearly half of the U.S. workforce—about 88 million of 188 million adults aged 18 to 64—has only a high school education or less, and/or low English proficiency. Educating motivated students with the skills that companies need provides qualified candidates for hard to fill positions. For more information, visit educateandelevate.org.

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JA Titan Business Challenge

The “Titan Business Challenge” is an event held by Junior Achievement every year at Indiana University of PA. This is an event open to high school students grades 9‐12. In this event, students compete in a computer-based business simulation. Students make real economic decisions on price, production, marketing, capital development, and research and development. Each round of competition simulates a business quarter. We invite your company to participate in this exciting event! There are several great opportunities available, including presenting-, chairman-, CEO-, and titan-level sponsors of the event along with prize sponsors! This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, March 13. For more information, click here.

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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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