Blair County businesses partner with The Challenge Program for 2017-18 school year

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Blair County businesses partner with The Challenge Program for 2017-18 school year

The Challenge Program check presentation - 2017-18
Representing Blair County businesses and The Challenge Program (from left): Front row — Giselle College (Sheetz, Inc.); Rachel Glasgow (Sheetz, Inc.); Krissa Weyant (NPC, Inc.); Tami Clark (Sickler, Tarpey & Associates); Dawn Hobson (The Challenge Program, Inc.). Back row — Lee Hite (The Hite Company); Paula Foreman (Altoona Area School District Foundation); Joe Keller (Keller Engineers); Chrissy Wise (Sickler, Tarpey & Associates); Jim Kuhn (Reliance Bank); Brian Irwin (Irwin Financial).

NPC was part of a group of Blair County businesses that contributed a combined $46,750 to The Challenge Program, Inc. to support the program’s efforts to motivate and reward high school students during the 2017-18 Program year in Blair County high schools.

Through The Challenge Program, Inc., sophomores, juniors and seniors are introduced to careers in their own communities and challenged to compete in five award categories that are directly linked with academic and workforce success: Attendance; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math); Academic Improvement; Academic Excellence, and Community Service. Additionally, businesses engage students in a variety of work-related activities such as facility tours, classroom presentations, career days, and job shadowing.

The following Blair County schools and businesses partnered with The Challenge Program, Inc. for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Altoona Area High School
    Altoona Area School District Foundation
  • Bellwood-Antis High School
    M&T Bank
  • Bishop Guilfoyle High School
    Keller Engineers, Inc.
  • Central (Spring Cove) High School
    NPC, Inc.
  • Claysburg-Kimmel High School
    Sheetz, Inc.
  • Greater Altoona CTC
    A.P. Federal Credit Union and The Hite Company
  • Hollidaysburg Area High School
    Irwin Financial, Inc.
  • Tyrone Area High School
    Sickler, Tarpey & Associates
  • Williamsburg Community High School
    The Hite Company

2017 Central High School senior awards

NPC, a long-time sponsor and supporter of The Challenge Program at nearby Central High School in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, continued this tradition at the school’s 2017 Senior Awards presentation at the end of the school year. Krissa Weyant represented NPC. Read more

The Challenge Program

The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to build sustainable Business/Education partnerships and to introduce students to career opportunities in their communities. These partnerships contribute to workforce and economic development by motivating students to develop the solid work habits required to succeed in school in their future careers. For more information on The Challenge Program, go to

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