“Founded by [CNX Resources] CEO, Nick DeIuliis, who grew up in working-class Chartiers Valley, the program has the students meet once a month. They attend field visits with different trade associations as well as on-site visits and listen to guest speakers, usually CEO’s, to discuss career paths that don’t necessarily include college. There is also instruction in resume creation, job interviews, civics and business, and how to dress for success.
“The overall objective is to take these students from a place of no post-high school direction to a path of prosperity by exposing them to opportunities in the trades — and then ensure that they secure a job or an apprenticeship by the time they graduate. The benefits are significant when there is a massive skill gap in our current workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there are 6.5 million unemployed people in the United States despite there being 11 million job openings.”