GMSD Recipient of $29,457.40 Grant from Erie Women’s Fund

Posted on January 31, 2014, in Academics, Events

(From L-R – Donna Buseck, Erie Community Foundation; Janet Peters, Erie Women’s Fund; and GMSD Richard Scaletta, Superintendent)
The Erie Women’s Fund of the Erie Community Foundation presented the check to the General McLane School District on Friday, January 31, 2014.

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General McLane School District received a $29,457.40 grant from Erie Women’s Fund of the Erie Community Foundation for the Regional Career Assessment and Exploration Project. This grant will continue the Machinist Benchmark Project and replicate the process for health care jobs.

“The Regional Career Assessment and Exploration Project through General McLane is an exciting opportunity to help high school students learn where they will excel and then allow them exposure to the opportunities available to them to stay in Erie County,” says Erie Women’s Fund Chairwoman Janet Peters.

The Regional Career Assessment and Exploration Project through General McLane is an expansion of the Machinist Benchmark Project that was piloted last year to help attract high school students to careers in machining. The Northwest Pennsylvania tooling and machining companies identified successful machinists, who then took a temperament assessment to develop a profile of what personality characteristics define successful people in this field. The assessment was then given to high school seniors to “find a match”. Students who matched the benchmark did job shadows in the field and many found that they liked the job and became employed in the profession.

This grant seeks to duplicate this process for jobs in the medical field that are high demand/low supply. Currently, the program works with the Career Assessment Center, Inc. to establish the “benchmark” of characteristics and this data will then be used for comparative purposes with high School students.

“In addition to being able to help high school seniors choose the appropriate path in their career, we are hoping that this program can expand to other schools and other career paths aside from Machining and Health Care,” Peters says. “Every investment made in programs that will help high school students is an investment in the future of Erie County. We are excited to see where this program will grow and provide opportunities for local graduates and good employees for local businesses.”

General McLane is the lead district on the grant and the following districts will also be participating: Girard, Northwestern, Conneaut, Fort LeBoeuf and Erie City. The funding is for 2014 with a possibility of renewal for another year.

“We are very pleased to receive this grant from the Erie Women’s Fund,” says GM Superintendent Rick Scaletta. “Anyone that has supervised employees knows that personality is a big part of good job performance. When students learn where their unique personality fits in the workplace, it is a win-win for the student and employer.”