Supporting The Challenge Program, Inc.

From left are: Sara Jones-TCP, Joe Keller-Keller Engineers, Inc., Eric Irwin-Irwin Financial, Cory Tubo-Reliance Bank, Kimberly Woomer-Sickler, Tarpey & Associates, Jim Kuhn, Altoona Area School District Foundation, Paula Foreman, Altoona Area School District Foundation, Lee Hite-The Hite Company, Sherri Steward- NPC, Inc., Sharon Lehman-G.A.P FCU, Tami Clark- Sickler, Tarpey & Associates, Amy O’Brien- Sheetz, Inc.

Local businesses contributed $45,000 to The Challenge Program, Inc. to support the Program’s efforts to motivate and reward students during the 2018-2019 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 High School;NPC, Inc.-Central High School; Sheetz, Inc.-Claysburg-Kimmel High School; G.A.P. FCU and The Hite Company-Greater Altoona CTC; Irwin Financial, Inc.-Hollidaysburg High School; Sickler, Tarpey & Associates-Tyrone Area High School-Sickler; The Hite Company-Williamsburg High School.

Currently accepting sponsors for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to build sustainable Business/Education partnerships while motivating students to develop the solid work habits required to succeed in school in their future careers.

Join us today and build the future workforce in Blair County. The Challenge Program, Inc. can be reached at (814) 533-7401 x104 or



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