With a focus on increasing awareness of the job opportunities and career pathways associated with the energy and advanced manufacturing industries, the Beaver County Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (EAMP) is hosting a Middle School Student Forum at CCBC on Thursday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for all Beaver County public and private school districts. 

Middle school students and their teachers will have the opportunity to learn about training and career opportunities available in STEM-relatedadvanced manufacturing and construction industries through panel discussions, interactive displays, and educational exhibitor presentations. There will also be a program by the Carnegie Science Center. 

“This is a great opportunity for students, teachers, and administrators to meet area employers from the energy and advanced manufacturing industries and learn about today’s and tomorrow’s jobs,” said John Goberish, Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at CCBC. 

In 2014, Beaver County EAMP was formed between business, industry, and education as a way to influence the pursuit of High Priority Occupations (HPO) in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors by ensuring students gained a better understanding of the opportunities, skillsets, and educational needs for these industries. 

“The Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership plays a vital role in helping to align parents, students, and educators with current and future career options. The best way for any industry to prepare their employees of the future is to make certain they understand the required skills, and best educational paths, that will help them achieve success as they pursue their career goals,” commented Jack Manning, President and Executive Director of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce. 

The Partnership’s goals are to create student and school awareness for post-high school opportunities, provide an opportunity for employers to communication skills needed in jobs, and help bridge relationships between the education community and business and industry.

“CCBC places great importance on developing programs that meet the needs of industry, partnering with area employers, school districts, and community organizations, and highlighting the exciting career pathways in energy and advanced manufacturing coming to our region,” noted Goberish. 

Through this Middle School Student Forum, members of the Partnership plan to educate the individuals who can influence students’ career decisions by involving counselors, teachers, administrators, and guidance staff.

“There are a significant number of energy and advanced manufacturing job opportunities coming to Beaver County now, and we want to make sure that our youth are prepared,” said Richard Riley, Director of Job Training for Beaver County, Inc.

The Beaver County Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership is currently supported by several organizations, including the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce; Job Training for Beaver County, Inc.; Community College of Beaver County; Beaver County Career & Technical Center; Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit; BASF;  First National Bank; The Franklin Center of Beaver County, Inc.; Junior Achievement of Western PA; Builders Guild of Western PA; Range Resources; Columbia Gas of Pa; Nova Chemicals; Peoples Gas; Shell Chemicals; Lincoln Learning Solutions; Penn State University (Beaver Campus), and Geneva College.