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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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Spring Internship Opportunity

State Rep. Matt Dowling invites area students to apply for a spring legislative internship in his office. Interns will be tasked with helping constituents and will also work with Dowling's staff to research policy and assist in the drafting of legislation. The spring internship term typically runs from February through May with interns being expected to work a minimum of eight hours per week. The schedule can be adjusted to fit the student's academic schedule. Work hours could include occasional evenings or weekends. Internships are unpaid but students may receive academic credit for their service. To apply, students should submit a resume to Amanda Cuteri at To receive academic credit, applicants must also provide a letter from their student adviser.

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Student STEAM Competition

Registration is now open for the Central PA Kids Have Talent, a STEAM initiative that showcases the wide range of student ability from the Central Pennsylvania region. There are a total of three categories throughout the competition. Each student may participate in one, two, or all three categories but may only enter each category one time. In addition, the student may not use the same project in multiple categories. Participating students will compete in one of two age groups: elementary (grades 3 – 6) and secondary (grades 7 – 12). Registration closes January 11 and the competition will be held March 15 at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center. In addition to cash prizes, the top performers and winners from each category will be on display at Peoples Natural Gas field during an Altoona Curve game. For more information or to register, click here or contact Shawn Cerully, special projects coordinator, at (814) 940-0223, ext. 1388, or

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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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Options For Employers, Job Seekers

By Debra Hoover, Business Services Coordinator
Pennsylvania CareerLink

PA CareerLink Somerset County can help you if you are looking for a job or if you are an employer looking for good workers. Here are some of the things we can offer to you:

Job Seekers

- Register for the JobGateway. Regional employers post lots of jobs here.
- Attend an orientation of services, held Thursday mornings at 8:30, to find out more about all the services we can provide.
- Meet with our career counselors to find out what services are available to you.


- Register for the JobGateway. More and more job seekers use this site to search for jobs in our region. 
- Hold a job fair for your business at the CareerLink. This free service can help you to reach more job seekers. 
- Find out about On-The-Job Training opportunities where we can pay up to half of the wages for your new hires during the training period.  

Seek us first if you are looking for a job. You might be amazed at all the services we have available to you, regardless if you are 16 or 60+. Employers, please take advantage of all the CareerLink has to offer for your workforce needs.    

For more information, please visit us at 6022 Glades Pike, Suite 100 (George S. Cook Founders Hall), Somerset, PA, call (814) 445-4161, or visit us online. Also, please like us on Facebook.

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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

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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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