Do you know how much education and training is needed?
Will you like this type of work knowing what the job fully entails?
Will you be able to find a job locally in this career?
And, will this job pay enough to support me?
JTBC’s Youth Assistance Building Careers (Youth ABC’s) presents opportunities for youth to gain knowledge of career paths and the job market, as well as, understanding of skills and qualifications necessary to be successful in a particular position.
Career Awareness with a STEM Focus
High Priority Occupations slated for growth in the Southwest Corner Workforce Investment Area require a solid foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Skills. STEM education integrates math, science and engineering disciplines, demonstrating that these disciplines are interconnected and proposes that technology can be used to tie them together. Experts say that technological innovation accounted for almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years and almost all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM.
Over the past three years, JTBC has joined efforts with a number of partners including Penn State Beaver, Beaver County STEM Advocacy Coalition, and the Beaver County Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to connect students, educators, and employers with learning opportunities on career pathways for STEM related occupations.
STEM Related Activities
Beaver County STEM Day
JTBC coordinated with CCBC and BASF for a Beaver County STEM Day (December 2013) for Blackhawk high school students. Twenty-seven (27) Blackhawk students toured the CCBC Aviation Center learning about Flight Training and Air Traffic Controller Programs. Students next visited CCBC Main Campus to tour the Industrial Maintenance facility. The day concluded with a visit to BASF manufacturing facility, meeting with several engineers and learning about their career path.
Throughout the school year, JTBC works with employers to arrange Job Shadowing opportunities for youth to see and speak with employees performing job tasks in the work setting. Heighten job shadowing activities are arranged in coordination with National Ground Hog Job Shadowing Day held during the month of February. This past February 2014:
JTBC connects youth with employers to explore a possible career by working in the career field. Student internships have been arranged in areas such as emergency management, transportation & logistics, information & technology.
Summer Career Camps
During summer of 2014, youth ages 14-16 attended JTBC’s Career Focused Camps including Energy, Transportation & Logistics, and Building Trades to experience first-hand the skills and education needed to work in these industry sectors.
Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership
JTBC is actively involved in a year-long effort to “better connect the dots between education and business” to develop a qualified future workforce in the high priority occupations of the Energy and Advanced Manufacturing industry sectors. Employers will have opportunity to communicate skill needs. Schools and students will gain a better understanding of the skill set and educational requirements, and family members/community will be given a chance to learn about the industries to help youth with career decisions. More information can be obtained at energyampartnership.com