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Clarion University is Headed “True North”


TNI Task Force developed six priorities, the basis for an action plan the university will follow over the next three years:

• Student success

• Academic programming

• Affordability

• Student engagement/citizenship

• Clarion brand and promise

• Venango campus

The first item with action taken was the relaunch of the School of Education. Pehrsson made the announcement in April, appointing Dr. Gwyneth Price as dean to oversee the school’s budget and curriculum, and make scheduling and personnel decisions.

“I see us broadening our horizons in terms of keeping the kernels of solid, evidence based teacher preparation, then expanding that to embrace innovation,” Price said. “We have confidence that what we’ve been teaching historically has been the right thing, but we also have confidence that our faculty engage in research and continually update what they’re doing. We have been on the forefront of developing programming preparing graduates to be better teachers of all students.”

Clarion University is one of 17 universities in Pennsylvania with national accreditation, with 15 nationally recognized programs, and has one of six special education reading programs in the state with International Dyslexia accreditation.

Venango Campus

Venango is NWPA’s primary location for delivery of career and workforce education in healthcare, education, business, technology, and science. The personalized environment gives it potential to serve as an incubator for new programs, to partner and/or provide a collaborative training location for virtually all sectors of the economy, to provide training and professional development needs, and to facilitate and be part of regional economic growth.

The TNI directive for Venango Campus is to be a bustling academic and economic venture for the region, and Venango will establish a director whose sole purpose is to focus on the success of the campus.

The director will work with university deans to create unique academic opportunities that reflect a new model of two year or less programming: certificates, badging, licensure, and training programs which are stackable and flexible. Programming will be based on regional workforce needs and will continue to serve untapped and non traditional populations.

The School of Education has one of the first early childhood education programs in the state to implement a full year teacher residency, which begins this fall. Student teaching will be done the last year of the program, with coursework integrated into the experience. It is the only university in Pennsylvania authorized to offer Competent Learner Model courses for college credit, and Clarion led the development of and was the first school to offer the Skills for Teacher Leadership endorsement. Additionally, the innovative intervention specialist program boasts a 100% employment rate.

Venango Campus has a strong history of campus-community partnerships, with many focused on workforce development. New programming and partnerships are already underway:

• Individuals who have completed a registered apprenticeship program can receive credit toward Clarion’s Associate of Science in Applied Technology or Bachelor of Science in Technology Leadership.

• Non-credit courses on blueprint reading and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing are in development, part of continuing work with area employers to create needed training programs.

When Dr. Dale Elizabeth Pehrsson began her presidency at Clarion University in July 2018, one of her first actions was to assess the university. She convened the “True North Initiative (TNI) Task Force,” pulling together constituents across various divisions and departments to produce actionable goals.

• An Emergency Medical Technician program is offered in partnership with Venango Technology Center and Clarion Hospital.

• In partnership with Venango County Economic Development Authority and funded through a $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant, an entrepreneurship academy for high school seniors will begin this fall.

• The university is administrator of a $1,100,000 grant from Appalachian Regional Commission to support apprenticeship programs with Venango Campus, Venango Technology Center, Community College of Allegheny County and Keystone Community Education Council.

• A partnership with Intermediate Unit V will help individuals prepare for the GED exam, improve basic entry-level skills, soft skills, etc., paving a pathway to education. The curriculum is being driven by business and industry needs.

A $900,000 investment in facility improvements, funded through grants and donations, is in progress at Venango Campus, including renovation of the respiratory care lab, Charles L. Suhr Library, and facility and technology upgrades. Venango Campus is focused on defining its own True North and will continue to be a vital part of Clarion University. Its increasingly important role as a community resource is evidenced through high quality programs, strength in serving returning adult and traditional/ non-traditional students, unique programs built on partnerships, and commitment to serving regional needs.

Learn more about Clarion University’s True North Initiative by visiting clarion.edu.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s August 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Leadership Venango Holds Sixth Session: Importance of an Educated Workforce


On Wednesday, February 13, the Venango Leadership Class met at Clarion University – Venango for the monthly class which focused on preparing a ready workforce, career and education alliances, 40 developmental assets and generational differences. The information presented was a mix of new ideas in addition themes formerly introduced during prior meetings.

Tammy Dulaney, Coordinator for Continuing Education at Clarion University, started the day with a deeper insight into the state higher education system (PASSHE) and their relationship with employers, students and career training opportunities. Notable points included the availability of state funds that will reimburse employers for their investment in training costs for their employees in addition to a list of state-approved apprenticeships that students can also utilize as credits toward a degree. Tammy is available to local businesses and students to help connect them to these resources!

Next up, Eileen Mullen, Program Coordinator for Crawford County K-12 Career Education Alliance, wowed the class with evidence of the growing partnerships between Crawford area businesses and School Districts to provide educational opportunities, career readiness experiences and much more for local students throughout each year. How can all this be accomplished with limited funds and staffing? Simply put, passion and effective communication techniques to garner support. This left the class clamoring for more and a keen interest on seeing something like this develop within Venango County.

Over lunch, Matt LaVerde, Asst. Exec. Director of IU5, focused his discussion on the importance of the 40 developmental assets that play a pivotal role in determining the overall success and general wellness of youth as they age into adulthood. There are many external factors to be mindful of as we all play a vital role in shaping the success (or not) of developing our youth. Judy Etzel, staff writer at The Derrick, and Heather Motter, Cranberry High School English Teacher, followed that conversation up by sharing their experience working together under the state-initiated Teacher in the Workforce program. This discussion reminded attendees of the importance of empathy, curiosity and shared knowledge that impact all of our lives.

Finally, Susan Hileman, Strategic Business Advisor for NWIRC NW Region, made a return visit to the class with a presentation on generational differences. This conversation focused on the preferred learning habits, general societal views and unique experiences within each generation. All of factors shape a person’s personality, attitude, work mindset and much more which needs to be considered when making decisions in the workplace.        

Leadership Venango will meet again on March 13th at Komatsu in Franklin. For more information visit leadershipvenango.org

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s March 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Upcoming SBDC Training & Events


Looking to brush up on your business know-how? The SBDC’s offer educational programs geared towards entrepreneurs. Training resources include:

  • First Step Seminars
  • Business Workshops
  • Online Training
  • Pennsylvania SBDC Seminar Schedule

Business Skills Workshops

WordPress Beginners: Thursday, March 7 in Oil City
Learn How to Create Your Own Website:

This workshop will teach you:
• Getting Your Website Set-Up and Moving Around
• Using Your Dashboard
• Choosing a Theme
• Adding Pages and Menus

Fair Labor Standards Act: Tuesday, March 19 in Clarion

How does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affect your business? Whether you are looking to hire your first employee or if you are ready to expand your staff to 100, this seminar has the answers you are looking for. A U.S. Department of Labor specialist will present on the following topics:

• Wage and Hour’s Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program – how it works
• FLSA’s Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements
• Compensable Hours Worked and Recordkeeping
• Minors – When and Where Can They Work?

Marketing 101: Wednesday, March 20
Marketing Your Small Business:

This Workshop Will Teach You:
• How to keep your marketing consistent
• How to understand your customers
• How to choose the right advertising
• How to measure your efforts
• How to build a marketing plan

WordPress Advanced: Thursday, March 21 in Oil City
Getting the Most from Your Website:

This Workshop Will Teach You:
• Working with Images and Video
• Widgets and HTML
• Linking
• Plug Ins
• Users/Security and Basic Optimization
• Social Media Tools

LaunchLINK: Wednesday, March 27 in Clarion
Know the Rules of Engagement for 1099 Independent Contractors:

In this webinar, you will learn about the issues surrounding the mounting problem of employee miss-classification, how to avoid the most common-and costly-classification mistakes, and how to create a paper trail that will protect your company-and you- in case a claim is ever made against your organization.

Facebook For Business: Thursday, March 28 in DuBois (This is taught by Ask Me.)

Have you been using Facebook for your business, but wonder how you can get more from it? What can you do to get more “likes”? What are these “Ads” all about? Do I need to sponsor my posts? Join us to learn how to get the most out of Facebook Business Pages. We’ll discuss getting started through proper planning, utilizing apps to help you manage Facebook, using insights, Facebook ads, creating quality content and more!

Topic: Facebook for Small Businesses: This workshop will teach you how to use Facebook as a marketing tool for your business by optimizing your time and efforts. You will learn how to grow your reach, expand your fan base, and build valuable relationships online.F

First Step Seminars

The First Steps to Start and Finance Your Business

Clarion: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Find more details about SBDC programs at clarion.edu/sbdc/training

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s March 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Helping You Make the Right Shift in Your Leadership


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Live2Lead is a half-day, leadership development experience designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways. You will learn from world-class leadership experts, be prepared to implement a new action plan, and start leading with renewed passion and commitment.

Facilitated by Scott Schoenberger of The John Maxwell Team, this on-site video seminar will include presentations by John C. Maxwell, Carly Fiorina, Daniel Pink, Debra Searle, and Tyler Perry.

This is what you can expect to gain from this event: How to recognize the opportunity for a shift, knowing the right time to make a shift, choosing to make a shift, the hard work that goes into shifting, and what kind of shift every leader needs to make.

When: Friday, February 22, 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m. (lunch provided)

Cost: $69 ($10 discount per attendee when two or more employees register)

Location: Zion Baptist Church (114 Zion Road Clarion, PA 16214)

How to Register (registration is required):

Call the SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or

Toll free at (877) 292-1843

Email: sbdc@clarion.edu

Website: www.clarion.edu/sbdc/training/

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s January 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.