8th grade attends Pathways Conference
SOMERSET COUNTY - The annual County 8th Grade Pathways Career Conference was held at the Somerset County Technology Center on October 16 and 18. All County schools were represented. It is a key event of the Business Education Partnership Grant administered by Tableland Services, Inc. Partners of this grant include the PA CareerLink, Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, County high schools and the local business community.
“The purpose of this Career Conference is to expose the students to in-demand careers and the opportunities here in Somerset County/our region. We want them to consider staying here to work and live one day,” explained Debra Hoover, Business Services Coordinator, Pennsylvania CareerLink.
Students from throughout Somerset County were invited to meet professionals from various sectors of the local economy, including Law Enforcement, Hospitality, Information Technology, Agriculture, Medical and Trades.
The goal of the program was to share information with the students about the in-demand careers and the vast opportunities for them in Somerset County. Presenters shared educational and/or training requirements for their career clusters and emphasized the STEM aspect of these careers as well as the many technology based opportunities
that exist in our region.
“As students consider the variety of job opportunities in our area, it is important that they are able to ask questions and get answers about career options. Having business owners and workers available to answer questions and provide information can be be very informative and get students thinking about their career pathway,” added Dr. Tracey Karlie, MASD Superintendent and SCTC Superintendent.
The Pathways Career Conference for Young Adults was made possible through Tableland Services, Inc. and a Business Education Partnership (BEP) Grant. Tableland being the WIOA Title I program subcontractor for Somerset County and provides the Conference as well as other programs of the grant. Tableland partners with the PA CareerLink Somerset, the Somerset County Technology Center, county businesses, all the county high schools and the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce to offer this important conference to our Country's young men and women.