What Is Success In Somerset County?

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.

Top 50 Employers in Somerset County


Deep Dive Into Covering the Gap

It’s crunch time.  The semester bill I received from the school has a tight deadline.  The format of the bill looks different from the aid offer I received a while back.  Are there any costs I need to plan for that aren’t showing up on the bill?  And what happened to the Federal Work-Study award?   Will I need to borrow?  If so, how much?  What loan programs are available?  Join financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a 1 hour webinar where these questions – and many others – will be answered.   Let’s take a deep dive into Covering the Gap.
July 22nd at 6:30PM


Borrowing for Education – which loan is right for me?

I’ve done everything right so far:  found the perfect school, made it through the admissions process, filed my FAFSA, filed my State Grant Form, applied for scholarships, researched higher education costs, and calculated my funding gap.  Now that I can see an education loan is a necessity, where do I go from here?  What loan programs are available?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various types?  Join financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a 1 hour webinar to review the different borrowing options and examine the details associated with each option.  Linda and Dan will answer your questions as you sort out the information and make decisions that are right for you and your family.July 27th at 6:30 PM
July 29th at Noon

Once again, to register please visit https://www.pheaa.org/virtual.

ACM Credits by Exam

Allegany College of Maryland’s School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts is offering credits by exam for experienced workers employed in the hospitality or culinary industry. Anyone with a minimum of three years of relevant full-time work experience is qualified to take the challenge exams. A fee of $25 is charged per exam. Eligible courses include Baking I, Baking II, Dining Room Management, Food I, Food II, Hospitality Supervision, Hotel Front Office Management, Introduction to Hospitality, Menu Planning and Food Merchandising, and Purchasing, Inventory and Cost Control.

Individuals interested in taking exams for culinary arts credits are asked to contact David Sanford at dsanford@allegany.edu or 301-784-5412. For hospitality management exams, individuals are asked to contact Debra Frank at dfrank@allegany.edu or 301-784-5411.


Job Fair

Cambria County Job Fair
September 28; Noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center!

Department of Education Launches Outreach Campaign to Millions of K-12 Students and Federal Pell Grant Recipients Now Eligible for Monthly Discounts on Broadband Internet Service

The U.S. Department of Education today launched a major outreach campaign to millions of students who are now eligible for a monthly discount on broadband internet service under a temporary program administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The campaign will inform millions of families with children participating in the free or reduced-price lunch or school breakfast program, and 6.5 million Pell Grant recipients that they are now eligible for the discount of up to $50 per month. Eligible households on qualifying Tribal lands can receive a discount of up to $75 per month.

Households with a child who has received approval for benefits under the under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP), including a child that attends a school participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years are now eligible for the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program). Pell Grant recipients, who are usually undergraduates with exceptional financial need, also qualify for the FCC’s EBB Program to help pursue postsecondary education if they received their grant during the 2020-2021 award year.

Eligible families of K-12 students and eligible Pell Grant recipients can apply for the discount online, via mail, or through a participating service provider. Eligible households can find participating internet service providers in their area by entering  their zip code into the Companies Near Me tool.


PA School Services Reminders:

  • Financial Aid Workshops for Educators – Join us at the PHEAA Financial Aid Workshops as we explore the opportunities and application procedures for federal and state financial aid. We’ll discuss changes and timely issues that affect you as you work with students who are pursuing their postsecondary options.
  • Fall Planning – If you haven’t already done so please get in contact with your access partner at your earliest convenience to start scheduling your events for the upcoming school year.
  • Virtual Statewide Webinars – Based on the success of our previous statewide webinars we will be offering additional statewide webinars on various topics to give students and parents a more in-depth understanding of various financial aid programs and processes. Stay tuned for more information on the topics, dates and how to register.
  • Chafee Grant Program – This federally funded program offers grants to Pennsylvania undergraduate students aging out of foster care who are attending an eligible postsecondary institution. The maximum award for 2021-2022 is $5000. The 2021-2022 PA Chafee ETG application is now available and can be accessed at org.

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