School Counts!

School Counts! In the Oil Region is an initiative that encourages employers to use high school performance records as one of the criteria used to evaluate high school job applicants.

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

What’s Next

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

84 Lumber
Action Auto Service
Arby’s – Cranberry
Baillie Lumber Co.
Barr’s Insurance
BSI Financial Services Inc
Burger King – Franklin
Burger King – Titusville
Caldwell Printing
Changing Times Telephone Service
Charter Plastics
Child Development Centers, Inc.
Cranberry Area School District
CS Technologies Plus
Dawndi’s
Eckert Chiropractic
Edward Jones
Farmers National Bank – Titusville
Forest County Business Alliance
Franklin Industries
Galaxy Federal Credit Union
Gonstead Chiropractic
Grand Valley Manufacturing
Hagan Business Machines
Homerwood
Hoss’s Restaurant
Klapec Trucking
Liberty Electronics
Manpower
Matric Limited
Moxie Media
Northwest Savings Bank – Titusville
Oil Creek Plastics Inc.
Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism
Pepsi
Pretzels Plus of Cranberry
Rocco’s Pizzeria
Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating
Time Machine, Inc

Titusville Community Development Agencies
UPMC Northwest

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:

Deb Lutz
Oil Region Alliance of Business,Industry & Tourism
217 Elm Street
Oil City, PA. 16301

or contact any of the School Counts! In the Oil Region partners.

Forest County Community & Economic Development (814) 755-4506 suzanne@co.forest.pa.us

Forest County Industrial Development Corporation (814) 406-4045 julia@visitpago.com

Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce (814) 432-5823 lynn@franklinareachamber.org

Titusville Chamber of Commerce (814) 827-2941 Christab@titusvillechamber.com

Titusville Community Development Agencies (814) 827-3668 deckelberger@tcda.org

Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism (814) 677-3152 dlutz@oilregion.org.

Venango Area Chamber Of Commerce (814) 676-8521 swilliams@venangochamber.org