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CBICC, education/community partners recognize 2019 CentreREADY™ designees

001The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County and its education and community partners have begun recognizing the inaugural group of students earning the designation of CentreREADY™. A group of 30 students representing all five of Centre County’s public school districts and its two career and technical training institutions attended a special recognition ceremony on May 3 at Wyndham Garden State College. The students received their official certificates recognizing their work to achieve proficiency in the six core job skills local employers say are critical for their employees to possess. In total, 69 students are set to be designated CentreREADY™ at school award ceremonies and graduation.  Congratulations to all CentreREADY™ honorees! Read more.

WHVL-TV puts CentreREADY™ at the ‘Centre of it All”



WHVL-TV recently featured CentreREADY™ on its ‘Centre of It All’ program. The show aired on Sunday, March 17 and included interviews with Centre County students who have signed up to earn the CentreREADY™ designation, including three Penns Valley Area High School students (pictured).

Watch the segment now!

PA Chamber magazine puts statewide attention on CentreREADY™



February 2019
– The winter issue of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry’s statewide magazine, Catalyst, features an article on the CentreREADY initiative. The article brings statewide attention to the local workforce preparedness initiative.

Read the article.

PA Chamber puts spotlight on CentreREADY™ initiative


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January 10, 2019
– The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is featuring the CentreREADY™ initiative on its “Start the Conversation Here” website as the January workforce spotlight. “Start the Conversation Here” is a grassroots initiative aimed at addressing the skills gap in Pennsylvania by increasing public awareness of the growing demand for workers in the skilled trades and other employment trends in the Commonwealth. Part of this mission is countering misperceptions about the skill sets needed to acquire family-sustaining jobs.

Read the CentreREADY™ spotlight.

CBICC joins PA Schools Work, local leaders to discuss needs for enhanced state investments in career/ technical education



January 10, 2019 
– Building a 21st century workforce that possesses the skill sets – both core and technical – that local employers need to compete and grow is a priority for the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County. That goal is at the heart of the CentreREADY™ local workforce preparedness and certification initiative.

With the first phase of CentreREADY™ underway and focused on assessing core (“soft”) skills, dialogue will soon turn toward the second phase and a focus on technical competency. With that in mind, the CBICC joined with PA Schools Work and PA Partnerships for Children to stress the importance of career and technical education to the economy, and to release the report: “Skilled Workers Needed: Ensuring Investments in Career and Technical Education.” The news conference was held Jan. 10, 2019 at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology. CBICC Vice President of Economic Development Jennifer Myers spoke at the event in support of career and technical education.

Read the full press release.

CBICC, Centre County education leaders launch collaborative local workforce preparedness initiative
The CBICC and Centre County’s education leaders sign a Memorandum of Agreement to implement CentreREADY™.

Sept. 12, 2018 – At a special breakfast program, the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County and the leaders of Centre County’s five public school districts – Bald Eagle Area School District; Bellefonte Area School District; Penns Valley Area School District; Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District; and State College Area School District – and the two career/technical institutions – Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology and South Hills School of Business & Technology – officially launched of a collaborative workforce initiative designed to help build a better local workforce. CentreREADY™ represents a community response to local workforce needs, better matching Centre County employers with employees who possess the desired core skills and competencies needed to fuel a 21st century workforce. READ MORE.

Other Voices

Career and technical education is seeing renewed excitement. How do Centre County students benefit?, Centre Daily Times, April 23, 2019

CentreREADY™, WHVL-TV, March 17, 2019

In Centre County, business and education are joining forces to address local workforce needs, Catalyst Magazine, Feb. 2019

New program works to get students ready for jobs, Centre Daily Times, Feb. 10, 2019

Local leaders meet to discuss the need for more funding in Career and Technical education, Centre County Gazette, Jan. 24, 2019

CBICC part of program promoting career and technical education, WTAJ-TV, Jan. 10, 2019

Centre County officials emphasize importance of state funding for career and technical education, WTAJ-TV, Jan. 10, 2019

Low unemployment leaves businesses struggling to fill positions, Oct. 25, 2018

Seal of approval for CentreREADY, Lewistown Sentinel, Oct. 10, 2018

CentreREADY debuts workforce initiative, Altoona Mirror, Sept. 18, 2018

Centre County education leaders launch collaborative workforce preparedness initiative, Lock Haven Express, Sept. 15, 2018