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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

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

Job Shadow Opportunities at Your Business

Picture1With the new school year beginning, students will return to a variety of programs aimed to prepare them for entering the workforce.  Many of our local school districts encourage or even require students to job shadow.

The Education Committee of the Venango Chamber is working to identify how we can assist businesses in being prepared for requests for students to spend time with them.  As with any learning experience, a job shadow will be most meaningful if both the student and the business have considered and agreed on the expectations for their time spent together.

We will be asking businesses to complete a short online form, if they are willing to host a student and provide specific information that a student will need to know before requesting to shadow.

Some businesses may have limitations on what areas they can allow students into, due to safety or confidentiality, but many can still provide a glimpse into why a student should consider a future in a specific line of work.

“Businesses throughout the county and across all industries have expressed they are struggling to find qualified and willing workers,” Chamber President Susan Williams shares.

“We believe the very best way to prepare students today for jobs tomorrow is to invite them into businesses, where they can observe the skills or education needed to pursue a vocation available here in Venango County. It is important for them to see where family and friends are employed and ideally exemplify pride in the work they do.”

If your business welcomes students, please complete our form at:

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s September 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

BBCF Announces Second Annual Week of Giving


Bridge Builders Community Foundations has announced the dates and deadlines for the 2018 Week of Giving and a new addition, Clicks for a Cause. The Week of Giving will take place March 19-23, and the deadline for nonprofits to sign up is January 15.

The Week of Giving is the largest regional philanthropic initiative to date, spurring collective charitable giving through the foundation. Nonprofits throughout Clarion, Forest and Venango counties, as well as the community of Punxsutawney, sign up online to become a participant, allowing community members to give numerous donations.

“Last year, we were able to give almost $104,000 from more than 300 donors to 88 local nonprofits and funds,” said Trenton Moulin, executive director of BBCF. “We’re looking forward to another Week of Giving and an opportunity to give even more back to the organizations making a difference in our community.”

Clicks for a Cause, taking place January 22-26, gives nonprofits another chance to raise funds and, as a Week of Givingparticipant of the Week of Giving, a nonprofit is automatically part of this addition. Clicks for a Cause is essentially a competition for nonprofits, allowing community members to click and vote for organizations by simply visiting the website from any device. The nonprofit with the most votes receives an additional $500 through the Week of Giving.

“The new addition of Clicks for a Cause to this year’s Week of Giving is yet another way to help us support our local nonprofits,” said Moulin. “This campaign isn’t just about getting money, it’s about educating people on our community’s needs and why it is essential to give.”

To participate in the Week of Giving and Clicks for a Cause, nonprofits must visit and register by Monday, January 15. Community members interested in voting and donating can visit the website for more information.

Please contact BBCF by phone at (814) 677-8687 or by email at with any questions.


Google Webinar: Help Holiday Shoppers Find Your Business

CaptureThe Venango Chamber and  Clarion University’s SBDC are excited to invite you to join us at a Google Webinar with lunch included at Clarion University Venango.

This workshop, presented by Google in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Facebook, Constant Contact and Square will give your business a boost ahead of the holiday shopping season! Experts will provide information on how to bring customers to your business this holiday season with the use of the platforms listed above.

Because the presentation is live, there is an opportunity to submit questions in real-time with the hashtag #MarketingWonderland that panel experts can answer during Q&A.

A light lunch will be provided.  Please plan to arrive by 11:30AM to get your food and get settled! All you need to bring are your questions!

Speakers: Google online marketing professionals

When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Cost: No Cost


Clarion University Venango
Frame Hall
1801 West First Street
Oil City, PA 16301-3297

Other locations available, please see flyer.

How to Register:
(Registration Required)

Click Register Online Now  or
Call the SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at (877) 292-1843
Email: Website:

This event is hosted by SBDC and co-hosted by Venango Area Chamber of Commerce.

View and print event flyer 


CDC Accepting Enrollments

Child Development Centers, Inc. (CDC) is accepting enrollments for a number of programs that it offers for infants, toddlers and preschool children.

Here are the details about each program:

Head Start – Head Start is the federal government’s preschool program for three-, four- and five-year-old children from low-income households. The full-day program is intended to prepare children for a successful transition to kindergarten and elementary school. In addition to early childhood education, Head Start offers a number of other services that supports the children’s health and development and family well-being.

A family’s income must be at or below the federal poverty level – currently $24,600 for a family of four – for children to enroll in Head Start. The program is free to income-eligible households. Head Start openings exist at Grant Street Child Development Center in Oil City and Seventh Street Head Start in Franklin.

Pre-K Counts – This full-day program for three-, four- and five-year-old boys and girls is intended to give them an early educational boost that will help them to make a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond, and to do better in school.

Pre-K Counts focuses on reading and math skills, social and school readiness skills, following directions, and getting along with fellow students and teachers. There also is an emphasis on developing an interest in learning and involving the family in the child’s education.

CDC has Pre-K Counts openings at its Hasson Heights, Franklin School-Age and Cranberry centers. Grant funding covers all costs of Pre-K Counts, which is open to families with income up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

Early Head Start – This program is for infants and toddlers up to their third birthday, and for expectant mothers and their families. The program provides full-day, year-around child care and early childhood education, a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack for the children, periodic home visits, and access to high-quality health care services, plus services for expectant moms before and after they give birth.

Early Head Start is intended to promote early childhood development, to engage parents in their roles as caregivers and teachers, and to help families move toward self-sufficiency. Another purpose is to provide a strong foundation of early learning that allows children to make a successful transition to preschool and kindergarten.

Grant funding covers most costs of the Early Head Start program for working, income-eligible families. To qualify for Early Head Start, a family’s income must be at or below the federal poverty level, which currently is $24,600 for a family of four.

The Early Head Start program is available at CDC’s Oil City, Franklin and Cranberry centers.

Families can enroll their children in Head Start or Pre-K Counts or learn more by contacting Martha Hoover at CDC, 814-518-5309 or

Application forms and more information about Early Head Start are available from Michelle Collins at CDC, 814-670-0838 or