An education initiative developed by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, Success in Somerset County creates awareness of career, job and educational opportunities in Somerset County through panels, tours and specialized programs. A special emphasis is placed on high-demand jobs and industries in the area. In 2013, the Chamber applied for direct funding under the Routes Grant funded by the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies to launch Success in Somerset County as a pilot program. Click here to read more about this program.
Mark your calendars for the 33rd College & Technical Fair, set for Thursday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the National Guard Armory in Friedens. This annual event, hosted by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and the Somerset County Foundation, is free and open to the public, but is specifically designed to assist high school students and their families explore higher education and other opportunities after graduation. Representatives from a variety of colleges, trade schools, technical institutions, business schools, nursing programs and the military will be on hand to provide information and answer questions regarding courses, college life, admissions and financial aid packages. The event also features an employer panel featuring representatives from a variety of vocations ready to answer questions about their jobs, training, opportunities and other related topics. For more information, contact the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber
Soroptimist International of Somerset County is participating in the Dream It, Be It program through Soroptimist International of the Americas. Dream It, Be It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and resources to live their dreams. The topics covered include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures. The organization had the opportunity to sponsor an all-girls Lego robotics team to give girls the opportunity to work together to achieve goals and at the same time learn new skills and have access to ideas on more non-traditional career opportunities for girls. Click here to read an update from their instructor, Tammy, on what they’ve accomplished so far.
The PennDOT Innovations Challenge is a statewide competition that challenges teams of students in ninth through 11th grade to use their problem solving, creative and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges. Regional winners will be selected from each of PennDOT's 11 Engineering Districts. Those winners will move on to a statewide competition in Harrisburg where an overall winner will be selected. For more information on this year's challenge, click here. Submissions must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 31.
Attracting jobs and millennials to Somerset are two important ingredients in a recipe for economic growth. Traditional job creation is important, but there is a rising trend of freelance, contingent and remote workers we can also welcome in Somerset County. It is estimated that 40% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers in 2020 (Emergent Research) and 40% of employees will work remotely at least some of the time (Gallup.)
Emily Korns understands this trend well. A Somerset native, Korns has been working in Somerset since 2012 as a remote employee and contractor for one the world’s largest food manufacturers. She is starting a business to address the needs of this new workforce, called Uptown Works. It will open in spring 2018 and be located at 109 E. Main St., Somerset – the former World’s Attic building.
Uptown Works is a co-working office where members share business resources and develop a community among unaffiliated workers and companies. The unique features include:
Uptown Works welcomes remote workers, freelancers and entrepreneurs as well as established businesses needing space for overflow or meetings. An early membership campaign is underway. Visit www.uptownworks.co or contact Korns at email@example.com to learn more.