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October 2014 — Education: Empowering the Work Force

MAIN ARTICLES

Making an Impact: Educators Set on Bringing Real-Life Lessons to Classroom
Momentum created during the inaugural Butler County Education Summit nearly a year ago is continuing to bring educators, employers and other resource partners together to discuss their respective challenges.

Engaging Employers: BC3 Shapes Offerings to Meet Work Force Needs
The start of the school year marked the beginning of a few new programs at Butler County Community College, thanks in part to input from employers.

What a Fab Lab: BC3 Eyes Laboratory as Way to Let Public Turn Ideas into Reality
Butler County Community College's machine technology laboratory is on its way to joining an international network intended to support innovation and entrepreneurship.

Lessons in Life: Transition Program Helps Those with Disabilities Gain Job Skills
When Lifesteps started its Transition program a year ago, it had one student. Today, it has 18 split between two classes that teach life and job skills to young adults with disabilities.

SEA of Opportunity: Slippery Rock's Accelerator Provides Fertile Ground for Fresh Ideas
The Slippery Rock University Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator has helped numerous businesses and entrepreneurs, and the start of each school year provides a launching point for new ideas and projects.

Making the Financial Grade: SRU Turns its Budget Picture Around
At this time last year, the financial situation at Slippery Rock University appeared bleak with a projected $5.2 million deficit. However, the university finished the year more than $260,000 in the black.

Productive Receivers: SRU Foundation Enjoys Big Donation Year
The Slippery Rock University Foundation received donations totaling $3.2 million, up from $2.4 million the prior year.

Nifty 50: Anniversary Celebrations Begin at BC3
Butler County Community College kicked off celebrations for its 50th anniversary by using a drone to capture aerial photographs and video.

Pre K for PA: United Way Backs Early Education Initiatives
The United Way of Butler County is involved in a statewide advocacy campaign in support of early childhood education and the lasting impacts it makes on students.

STARs' Power: Seneca Valley Chemistry Teacher Takes Part in Siemens Fellowship Program
Kelly Weston, an Advanced Placement chemistry teacher at Seneca Valley High School, participated in a two-week professional development program this past summer.

Q&A

Females at the Forefront: Chatham Center Sees More Women Pursuing Entrepreneurial Path
Anne Flynn Schlicht, assistant director of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, speaks to Business Matters about trends among women-owned businesses.

Business Profile

Charged Up: Zelienople-based PCTI Global Player in High Power Field
Power Conversion Technologies Inc. in Zelienople has been a global player in the power electronics field since its start in 1991. However, after years of growth and specialization, along with moving to a larger facility in June, PCTI is aiming to be the "go-to" company in the world when it comes to designing and building equipment used in the highest power ranges.

Learning to lead

Scott Covert: Coaching Sports Helped Penn United Training Coordinator Hone Skills
Scott Covert, training coordinator at Penn United Technologies, spoke to Business Matters about the importance of education and how his passion for learning helped him discover his passion for teaching.

Also featured

Celebrate Business: Chamber Names Giles Entrepreneur of Year, C.W. Howard Agency Business Champion
The Butler County Chamber of Commerce celebrated business accomplishments and leadership during its annual Celebrate Business dinner Sept. 10 at Slippery Rock University.

Gas to Last: MarkWest will Expand Jackson Township Gas Processing Complex
MarkWest Energy Partners announced an expansion project that would nearly triple the natural gas processing capacity of its complex in Jackson Township.

Iron Mountain Selects DQE for Network Connection
DQE Communications will build a fiber-optic network to connect Iron Mountain's Marion Township storage facility with a major data center in Pittsburgh.

Kick Off: United Way Fund Drive Sets $1.4M Goal
The United Way of Butler County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign, the proceeds of which benefit numerous local human service programs and agencies.

Bucket Brigade: Many Take Ice Challenge to Benefit ALS Fight
A number of Butler County businesses and organizations became involved in the "ice bucket challenge," which has raised millions of dollars for ALS research and treatment.

Photo features

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce hosted its End of Summer mixer Aug. 28 at the Cranberry Highlands Golf Course in cooperation with the Zelienople-Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce and the Butler County and Grove City Area young professionals groups.

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