Ellwood Group supports School to Work program

Representatives of the Ellwood Group of Companies recently presented a check comprising Educational Improvement Tax Credits to support the School to Work programs in Warren County. “The School to Work Partnership offers innovative career education programs and events to our area students,” noted Glenn Fegely, President of Ellwood National Forge. “We are proud to support these efforts.”

Joan Stitzinger, executive director of the Warren Forest Higher Education Council, commented, “We are grateful for the strong financial support we receive from the Ellwood Group. We are indeed fortunate that it is matched by their support in other ways. They are active participants in our advisory groups. They open their facilities to students and groups of students and other school district personnel. They also provide speakers for student clubs, all of which helps our young people understand the many opportunities for family supporting careers at the Ellwood Companies in our area.”

Educational Improvement Tax Credits are obtained through application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. They can be given to organizations such as the Higher Education Council and used for approved programs. All School to Work Partnership programs qualify including: job shadowing, career exploration days, college and career fair, eighth grade career day, Educator in the Workplace, Fifth Grade Career Days, the Woodmobile event for third grade as well as Robotics, Girls ONLY, and Space Exploration Summer Camps. These programs and events are an important part of the career education provided for Warren County School District students.

“The School to Work Partnership exists to help students make the connection between what they are learning in the classroom and what they will do after they leave high school,” Stitzinger noted. “As we develop new programs and events, we submit them to be added to our list of approved uses for EITC funds. Without the continued support of the Ellwood Group and our other industry partners, we would not be able to provide these programs to our students.”

For more information about the School to Work Partnership visit www.hi-ed.org.