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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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Is Your GED Diploma Valid?

Not all GED programs are legitimate. Here are some tips you need to know when acquiring about a secondary/GED diploma.

First, there should never be a charge for classes. Classes are offered in all states for FREE through federal and state monies, although the student does need to pay for the actual GED test themselves. There are four sections on the test: math, language arts, science and social studies. Each section is $30, or a total of $120. If a student shows initiative by attending classes regularly and making gains in his or her educational journey, the Literacy Council of Somerset County is very supportive with helping in the payment of the GED test.

Secondly, you cannot receive a GED diploma if you do not take an official GED test. If you are issued a GED by an institution but did not go to an approved Pearson Testing Center for the test, it is invalid. The test became an online test in 2014; before this time, it was given on paper.

There are scams that will charge you money for classes and will issue false tests or give you a diploma after you complete assigned work. Please be aware these centers are fraudulent. Your GED diploma should be issued by the state of Pennsylvania or it is invalid. The closest testing centers for Somerset County residents are Somerset County Technology Center and Penn Highlands Community College in Johnstown.

For more information on GED services please call the program manager of adult literacy, Michelle Yutzy, at (814) 443-3651, ext. 6133.

The Somerset County Literacy Council is always looking for tutors. If interested in being a tutor, please click here.

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Leadership Institute

Mount Aloysius College is hosting a High School Leadership Institute, a three-day leadership program for outstanding high school students ages 16-18 June 28-30. The program combines hands-on education, meaningful service, local accomplished speakers and seminars, and an unforgettable learning experience that students will describe as a “powerful learning experience.” The Mount Aloysius Leadership Institute will be offered to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Institute staff has created an environment that will include instruction emphasizing a leadership development curriculum, participation in experiences that benefit both the community and the students through service. Institute staff is committed to highlighting the importance of community leadership and how it impacts tomorrow’s future. All sessions will be held at Mount Aloysius College when not engaged in a site visit. The participants will receive instruction on subjects like networking, character building, leadership and management styles and internships. For more information, click here.

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Learning Lamp Walk-In Interviews

Beginning June 5, The Learning Lamp and Ignite Education Solutions will hold walk-in interviews daily at the main office located at 2025 Bedford Street in Johnstown. Interviews will be held throughout the month of June on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information about job opportunities at The Learning Lamp, call Kayla at (814) 262-0732, ext. 236, or visit For more information on Ignite Education Solutions, visit

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Youth Paid Work Experience Opportunity

The PA CareerLink Somerset County & Tableland Services Inc. is currently seeking 14-24 year olds that are interested in an eight-week paid work experience. The program offers one week of paid pre-employment training (resume writing, application assistance, interviewing tips and career exploration) as well as eight weeks of employment at a local business. The program is funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and is based on eligibility and suitability requirements. For more information, contact Amy Kimmel at (814) 445-4161, ext. 232 or

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High School Credit Recovery Program

For some students, failed courses and too many missed classes jeopardize their ability to earn a high school diploma. In fact, more than 1.2 million students drop out of high school each year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. That’s one student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day. Credit recovery through Ignite Education Solutions, a division of The Learning Lamp, can prevent students from becoming a statistic by keeping them in school and on track for graduation. To read more, click here.

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Child Labor Laws For Summer Jobs

Once school is out for summer, many companies will take on help from local high school students. Make sure you're up to date on the latest child labor rules by checking out the Dept. of Labor's Child Labor Rules Advisor here.

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Somerset Co. Library Summer Programs

Somerset County Library has released information on its upcoming summer learning programs. Click here for details.

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PHEAA & PASFAA Workshops

Guidance counselors, mark your calendars for upcoming PHEAA & PASFAA Financial Aid workshops. Explore the opportunities and application procedures for federal and state financial aid. Discuss changes and timely issues that affect you as you work with students pursing their postsecondary options. See the full list of available dates 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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