For Students

Why CentreREADY?

One of the biggest challenges currently facing employers across industry sectors is finding employees with the appropriate skill sets. These include core skills, often referred to as “soft” skills. Six such attributes have been specifically identified by Centre County employers as being essential for their employees to possess. The initiative seeks to connect local employers with individuals that are gaining proficiency in these areas, fostering access to a quality workforce.


Attributes of a CentreREADY worker

Work Ethic

Ability to be punctual and productive, and to effectively manage time; taking pride in
work product and a job well done.

Tactfulness/ Manners

Ability to treat people with respect, courtesy, and consideration, especially in difficult
situations; exhibiting emotional maturity.

Team Work

Ability to build relationships with colleagues and customers with diverse viewpoints,
apply individual skills toward a common goal, and balance individual needs with the
organizational need to perform as a unit.


Ability to articulate thoughts or ideas clearly, succinctly, effectively, and appropriately.

Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving

Ability to exercise sounds reasoning when analyzing issues, making decisions and
overcoming problems as they arise.

Understanding Supervision/ World of Work

Ability to respect and understand the organizational mission, ‘chain of command’
within the workplace, and accept final decisions made by supervisors.



What does it mean to be CentreREADY?

The designation is the local business community’s seal of approval. When Centre County employers see the CentreREADY designation on job applications or resumes, they will know that the applicant possesses an understanding of and proficiency in the core attributes that businesses find essential in employees.


How does one become CentreREADY?

Your school counselor or academic advisor is able to sign you up for CentreREADY. Doing so indicates your interest in achieving the CentreREADY designation. Participating school districts will monitor and measure proficiency in the six core attributes. CentreREADY certification is available to students entering the workforce upon graduation, as well as to those continuing their education. Your school counselor or academic advisor is available to discuss CentreREADY measurement in more detail.



Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County
Bald Eagle Area School District
Bellefonte Area School District
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
PA CareerLink® Centre County
Penns Valley Area School District
Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District
Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor
South Hills School of Business & Technology
State College Area School District