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Area Businesses Support Challenge Program

 

September 19, 2019

Business supporters of The Challenge Program Inc. in Blair County recently attended a mock-check presentation. In attendance were (from left): Sherri Steward, NPC, Inc.; Sharon Lehman, G.A.P FCU; Tami Clark, Sickler, Tarpey & Associates; Amy O'Brien, Sheetz, Inc.; and Lee Hit, The Hite Co. Back row: Sara Jones, TCP; Joe Keller, Keller Engineers Inc.; Eric Irwin, Irwin Financial; Cory Tubo, Reliance Bank; Kimberly Woomer, Sickler, Tarpey & Associates; and Jim Kuhn and Paula Foreman, Altoona Area School District Foundation.

Blair County Businesses Local businesses contributed $45,000 to The Challenge Program Inc. to support the program's efforts to motivate and reward students during the 2018-19 program year in Blair County high schools.

Through The Challenge Program Inc., businesses introduce careers in the community to sophomores, juniors and seniors and challenge students to compete in TCP's five award categories that directly link to academic and workforce success. The categories are Attendance, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Community Service, Academic Improvement, and Academic Excellence. Additionally, businesses engage students in a variety of work-related activities such as facility tours, industry presentations, career days, job shadowing, and internships.

Participating Blair County businesses and schools: Altoona Area School District Foundation and Reliance Bank – Altoona Area High School; M&T Bank – Bellwood-Antis High School; Keller Engineers Inc. – Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School; NPC Inc. – Central High School; Sheetz Inc. – Claysburg-Kimmel High School; G.A.P. FCU and The Hite Co. – Greater Altoona CTC; Irwin Financial, Inc. – Hollidaysburg High School; Sickler, Tarpey & Associates – Tyrone Area High School; The Hite Co. – Williamsburg High School.

 

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