Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Celebrates Five Years of The Challenge Program, Inc. Partnership

On October 13th, 2015, students at Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center participated in The Challenge Program, Inc. during a kick-off assembly at their school. The assembly theme was a team project dramatization that demonstrated positive and negative workplace behaviors to help students succeed on-the-job.

During the assembly, students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes were introduced to local career opportunities. Throughout the year, they will be eligible to compete for financial awards in five areas linked with academic and workplace success: Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and Community Service.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation once again served as the school’s business partner, something it has done for the past five years. To read about last year’s kickoff, check out: SCCTC Students Start Their Year with the Challenge Program, Inc. During that time, the company has spoken in front of hundreds of students to introduce them to job opportunities in the region.

“Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is proud to sponsor career readiness programs at the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center, especially The Challenge Program, Inc. The five core areas (Academic Excellence, Academic Improvement, STEM, Attendance, and Community Service) developed by the Program personify the hard working men and woman throughout the oil & gas industry,” said Bill desRosiers, External Affairs Coordinator for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. “Over the last five years this partnership has created the most unique pathway for Cabot’s employees to interact with, motivate and reward students who demonstrate the skill sets required to succeed in school and in their future careers.”

The Challenge Program, Inc. thanks Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation for its continued support of local students. For more information about participating in The Challenge Program, Inc., contact Sara Deyarmin, Manager of Program Development, at 814-341-0928 or deyarmins@tcpinc.org.

Program Impact

The impact The Challenge Program, Inc. makes on the lives of high school students can be read in the countless letters we receive from our award winners. In addition to these testimonials, we have been able to capture live feedback from high school students and educators participating in the program through an online survey. The 2,736 student responses collected for the 2012-2013 school year showed staggering support for the program:

91% of students believe “The Challenge Program, Inc. meets its goal in motivating students to strive for academic excellence.”

90% of students believe “The Challenge Program, Inc. meets its goal in motivating students to improve academically.”

83% of students believe “The Challenge Program, Inc. motivates students to strive for improved attendance.”

78% of students believe “The Challenge Program, Inc. meets its goal in encouraging students to participate in community service/service learning.”

92% of students “would recommend The Challenge Program, Inc. to a school that does not have it yet.”

More about The Challenge Program, Inc.

The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is build sustainable Business/Education partnerships while introducing students to careers in their own communities. This partnership contributes to workforce and economic development by motivating students to develop the solid work habits required to succeed in school and in their future careers. Since 2003, the program has been introduced to more than a half million students in Pa., W.Va and Ohio.

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Bill desRosiers

Raised in Highland Falls, New York, William desRosiers learned about responsible resource development, firsthand, as a part of his family's mining business. William received his B.S. in Management, B.A.in History and MBA from Misericordia University. He currently serves in External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. His primary responsibilities include strengthening media relationships, managing company-run fundraising programs, building better community relations and representing Cabot every chance he has.

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