The program also demonstrates to students the importance of building a strong work ethic in high school, as it will directly affect their future employment. Young people need to know that there is a correlation between working hard in school and finding a job-whether that job is in a Fortune 500 company or in the stockroom of a local retail store.
Students need to know that attendance, punctuality, attitude and effort count and that nothing breeds success like hard work. Employers can reinforce these messages by asking young applicants for high school performance records, or a School Counts! In the Oil Region certificate.
School Counts! In the Oil Region will help students understand that school performance is important and will help develop a more qualified workforce.
The criteria students must meet each school year to earn a certificate are:
- Obtain at least a “C” or better in every class
- Achieve at least a 95% attendance and punctuality rate
- Take more than the minimum number of required credits
- Graduate high school in eight consecutive semesters
- Demonstrate a positive behavior and no school suspensions
- Pass random drug tests
“Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating is a strong proponent of the School Counts Program in Venango County. This program ties directly to our relationship with the Venango Technology Center and the students who are referred to us for Co-Op opportunities each year. We anticipate as more and more schools roll out this program, we will see future job seekers provide their School Counts certificate(s). The School Count certificates signal to us that those applicants, if hired, will come to work, be on time and will work drug free … attributes that are, at times, hard to find.”
Rod Griffin, Owner
We are began with a pilot program at the Cranberry Area School District in the spring of 2013. The remaining Oil Region school districts have committed to rolling this program out beginning in the fall of 2013.
What you can do……
- Sign up to be a School Counts! In the Oil Region employer.
- Use the School Counts! In the Oil Region certificate as one of the criteria used to evaluate high school job applicants.
- Encourage other companies to participate in and support School Counts! In the Oil Region.
- Read the EMPLOYER GUIDE and encourage others to support School Counts! In the Oil Region
School Counts Business Partners
Action Auto Service
Arby’s – Cranberry
Baillie Lumber Co.
BSI Financial Services Inc
Burger King – Franklin
Burger King – Titusville
Changing Times Telephone Service
Child Development Centers, Inc.
Cranberry Area School District
CS Technologies Plus
Farmers National Bank – Titusville
Forest County Business Alliance
Galaxy Federal Credit Union
Grand Valley Manufacturing
Hagan Business Machines
Northwest Savings Bank – Titusville
Oil Creek Plastics Inc.
Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism
Pretzels Plus of Cranberry
Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating
Time Machine, IncTitusville Community Development Agencies
Venango Training and Development Center
Wagner Family Eyecare
Webco Industries, Inc.
If you are interested in participating in the School Counts! In the Oil Region program or would like more information, please see the School Counts Employer Brochure link, complete the Business/Organization Commitment Card and return it to:
The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 376
Oil City, PA. 16301
or contact any of the School Counts! In the Oil Region partners.
Forest County Community & Economic Development (814) 755-4506
Forest County Industrial Development Corporation (814) 406-4045
Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce (814) 432-5823
Titusville Chamber of Commerce (814) 827-2941
Titusville Community Development Agencies (814) 827-3668
Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism (814) 677-3152
Venango Area Chamber Of Commerce (814) 676-8521