The following college workers from the Elk County area participated in CareerPrep 101, a workshop series provided by the Community Education Center and The DISCOVER Partnership.The series had 5 seperate workshops, which included: Ace The Interview, How To Write A Winning Resume and Shine on Linkedin, Working Your Way To The Top, and Social Media Syllabus. From left to right, Back row: Alyse Martinez, Rachel Maletto, Kylie Taylor, Brian Feronti, Andrea Allegretto, Lisa Feronti, Brianna Cardoni. Front row: Joe Luchini, Alexa Marciniak, Lindsey McDivitt, Allyson Wheeler, Kaylee Dececchis, Ashley Imbrogno, and Lizzy Glatt.
Our first-ever regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) conference took place on June 18th and 19th. Teachers from Elk, Cameron, Potter and McKean counties were invited to Cameron County High School for the inaugural STEM Conference for Teachers. Local educators and business professionals led many of the breakout sessions in this two-day long conference, which featured a business and industry panel discussion and a presentation by Dr. Hod Lipson. Dr. Lipson discussed the future of of 3-D printing technology, and its effects on everyday life.
The Conference had a number of breakout sessions that showcased STEM-related projects and learning experiences from the region. Some of the breakout sessions included in the STEM Conference were "STEM Lab", "Going Backwards to go Forward", "Science in Motion", "3R's: Recycling, Rocket Science and Rework", and "Steampunk and Entomology".
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Last Thursday, The DISCOVER Partnership, The Emporium Rotary Club and Cameron County High School's 9th grade class teamed up for the 1st annual Rotary Day Career Cruise. Students were bused to businesses around the Cameron County area to explore various career opportunities. This was all made possible in large part due to our generous sponsors and volunteers. THANK YOU!
Little Red Barn Farm
Our third tour of the day lead us to Emporium Hardwoods. The students got to explore the huge facility that does business both locally and internationally.
Joel Caldwell's Bee Hives
Next, we went to check out Joel Caldwell's Bee Hives at Andrew's Farm! Thanks Joel!
We had a blast at our first Rotary Day Career Cruise and hope to continue the event next year. None of this would have been possible without the help of the The Emporium Rotary Club and our sponsors.
Our sponsors: Emporium Rotary Club, Olivett's Market, Cabin Kitchen & Bakery, Art and Ink, Sheetz of Emporium & Saint Marys, Pizza Palace, Northwest Savings Bank, Keysone Elk Country Alliance, Mountaineer Search & Rescue, AHUG Woodmobile, Sizerville State Park, Little Red Barn Farm, Embassy Powdered Metals, Emporium Hardwoods, The Creekside Inn, Joel Caldwell, Mountain Melodies, Nelson Haas, and The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce.
Last week, I lead Mrs. Schaut and her 10th Grade Career Class from Ridgway Area High School on a bus tour of local companies. We had the opportunity to tour and meet with employees from 5 local companies in Elk County and get a glimpse of the job opportunities that were available at each. Students met with employees from The Elk County Courthouse, Metaldyne Ridgway, Dickinson Center, Inc., Advanced Disposal and Horizon Wood Products. The 10th graders spent time talking with the employers and touring their facilities. A great big "Thank You" goes out to the businesses that participated and the sponsors of this event!
"#Selfie" was Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year in 2013. #Selfies have been taken from space, during key political events and everywhere else in between. They are hard to resist and share defining moments in time.
Local college students spent the day with us at the Community Education Center in St. Marys to learn how their "digital footprint" (online posts including #selfies) and "financial footprint" could affect their chances of getting a job some day.
Representatives from Common Sense Media, Kuleck Financial Planning, the DISCOVER Partnership and PHEAA shared their expertise on topics ranging from social media and digital responsibility to financial planning and avoiding student loan debt.
A panel of local employers from Allegheny Coatings, Clarion Sintered Metals, Inc., Dickinson Center, Inc., First Commonwealth Bank, Keystone Powdered Metal Company, and Northern Tier Community Action Corporation, contributed by giving students tips and advice on applying for job openings and acing interviews.
Many thanks go out to our presenters, participants, and the employer panel as well as local employers and the Stackpole-Hall Foundation who sent their summer interns to attend.
We hope to see you all again next year!
A group of high school students from Elk and Cameron counties took advantage of an opportunity to participate in our "Career Exploration Academy" offered through Elk County Catholic School System's summer camps program. Students spent time learning about careers and chose ones that interested them. The highlight of the Academy was a tour of Penn Highlands Elk Main Hospital Campus where students saw behind the scenes happenings and learned about the job opportunities in a hospital setting. A big thank you goes out to Penn Highlands' staff for their participation in this event!
Recently, the DISCOVER Partnership coordinated an "Educator in the Workplace" event for local teachers. Management and staff from Embassy Powdered Metals, Inc. in Cameron County and Horizon Technology, Metaldyne (both Ridgway and St. Marys facilities), and Precision Compacted Components (PCC), Inc. in Elk County hosted teams of 4 to 5 teachers over a two day period. A number of drafting and technology teachers also spent time at Innovated Solutions learning how CAD drafting and 3D printing are used in conjunction with the powdered metal industry. This Educator in the Workplace experience was intended to provide teachers with a better understanding of the workplace and how their subject matters are applied on the job, identify local career opportunities and skills needed for success, and offer ideas for teachers to effectively prepare students to be productive citizens.
Teachers worked with specialists from the Seneca Highlands IU9 before and after spending time at the facilities in order to learn how to incorporate what they had learned into their classroom lessons. In addition, management from Metco Industries, Inc. in St. Marys provided the entire group with a tour of their facility and background on the powdered metal industry.
The DISCOVER Partnership recently assisted the guidance department at Elk County Catholic High School to coordinate “mock interviews” for their entire senior class. The students did a fantastic job of creating resumes and completing job applications in preparation for their interviews. Most were “dressed to impress” as they interviewed for positions such as lifeguards, secretaries, office assistants, laborers, and other entry level positions.
A big “Thank You” goes out to employees in human resources from Domtar, Metaldyne in St. Marys and GKN Sinter Metals who volunteered to interview the students and give them feedback on their performances. I was also invited to conduct interviews, and I was very impressed with how well the students conducted themselves! Although many were nervous for the event, the students agreed that this experience was a great way to prepare them for future job interviews.
Great job, ECC Seniors!