What is BASICS?

BASICS (Businesses and Schools Investing in Cooperative Solutions), a program of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to fostering a strong partnership between our schools and the business community and communicating career choices to students, parents, and educators, so they can prepare themselves today for the challenges of tomorrow.

What's Happening?

Career Video Project Launched as 2021 BASICS/Rotary Career Fair is Cancelled

While the in-person BASICS/Rotary Career Fair scheduled for April 2021 is cancelled, the Career Fair Subcommittee is working with past Career Fair presenters to prepare short videos to share with all participating schools. These presenters play an integral role in helping area sophomores explore the opportunities awaiting them upon graduation. If you or your business want to participate in this video project and have an impact on tomorrow's workforce, contact Nicole Zernick at nicole.zernick@gactc.edu or 814.505.1283 for more information.

Virtual Town Hall Showcases Energy and Infrastructure-related Career Paths

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has collaborted with Energy Transfer Company, state and local elected officials, college and high school education administrators and industry leaders in a virtual town hall showcasing energy and infrastructure-related career paths. Click HERE to view this 90-minute discussion from Nov. 18, 2020 and receive career planning information from all perspectives.

New Video Supports School Attendance

The Healthy Blair County Coalition's Youth Connection Task Force has created a new video that helps parents, students and the community at large understand the scope and causes of the school attendance problem in Blair County and offers practical solutions. Please click HERE to view.

Career Shadowing Week Has Been Postponed

Due to the pandemic, Career Shadowing has been rescheduled and will be offered in the fall to both juniors and seniors in high school. Dates for the fall, as well as the Tool Kit and Brochure, will be updated as soon as they are confirmed. For more information, please contact Judy Rossi at djrossi1@verizon.net or (814) 695-0433.