The Challenge Program

You may ask what is the Challenge Program? The challenge Program contributes to workforce and economic development by connecting business and education to achieve a common objective. The development of a skilled and motivated future workforce.

The founder of the challenge programs name was Dan Perkins. When Dan Perkins was only 10 years old, he received a ten cent per week allowance. He wanted more and was told he would need to earn it. Perkins had a friend who shined shoes so together they made a shoe shine box for Perkins. He shined shoes in the downtown area of his hometown, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  he noticed the name of the business – Minute Car Wash. It took Perkins three minutes to shine one pair of shoes. Perkins had a solution. Ever resourceful, he employed his friend and together they shined one pair of shoes.

What does the Challenge Program do? The mission is to build sustainable Business/Education partnerships while motivating students to develop the good habits required to succeed in school and in their future careers. It carries out its mission through in-school assemblies and ceremonies, workforce development activities, and continuous communication between businesses, educators, students. The challenge program is for grades 10th,11th and 12th on October 18th @ 9:30.

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