Local businesses contributed $70,000 to The Challenge Program, Inc. to support efforts to motivate and reward students during the 2018-19 Program year in Fayette County high schools. Through the program, businesses introduce careers in the community to sophomores, juniors and seniors and challenge students to compete in TCP’s five award categories that directly link to academic and workforce success: attendance, STEM, community service, academic improvement and academic excellence. Additionally, businesses engage students in a variety of work-related activities such as facility tours, industry presentations, career days, job shadowing and internships. Businesses and schools included: COE Distributing - Albert Gallatin, Brownsville, Uniontown; Ford Business Machines - Connellsville, Brownsville; Williams Energy - Connellsville Area CTC; Quality Life Services Henry Clay - Fayette CTI; Quality Life Services Markleysburg - Fayette CTI; Sprowls Insurance Group - Laurel Highlands; and TTEC - Laurel Highlands. Pictured are (from left) back: Shawna Little - Connellsville CTC; Mario Crocetti - Williams Energy; David Hughes - Sprowls Insurance Group; J.D. Ewing - COE Distributing; front: Jennifer Jubin - COE Distributing; David Mihalko - Johnson Matthey; Brian Thomas - TTEC; Denise Kaydo - TTEC; Kelley Ferchalk - Quality Life Services Markleysburg; and Randy Miller - Laurel Highlands.