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UcanB – Share Your Career Journey

»Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Business, Career Education for High School Students, Learning and Education, Social Media, U can B | 0 comments

Career education for schools in the region expands into the Mon Valley. The UcanB program has succeeded in schools around the Pittsburgh area, and has expanded to schools throughout Pennsylvania. In many of the schools where our program has been offered, students are experiencing mentorship, technology, and the first time they were ever given information on planning a successful career. We reach students in communities, and build stronger connections between students, parents, schools, and area businesses with our opportunity fairs, that match community members with local employers. How do I become a UcanB Speaker? The process to becoming a speaker is straightforward and will work to ensure that Building Bridges and UcanB career education is the best fit for you. The process includes: 1. Complete the online information session by phone (15 minutes) 2. Apply online (8-10 minutes) 3. Complete an in-person interview with staff (30 minutes) 4. Pass a background and finger print screening (15 minutes after in-person interview) 5. Participate in Training (1.0 hour) Please reach out to if you are interested. What is Building Bridges for Business? Building Bridges is a 501(c)3 organization that educates and empowers through: • U can B Career education program (Educating 6th-12th grade students on careers) • Job fairs and job placement for students and adults • The Coffee With Show • Building the Bridges across the business and workforce ecosystem Other Ways that you Can You Get Involved? • Donate to our U can B career education program and help provide students with the skills they need to succeed. All contributions are tax deductible and support classroom education and job placement. • Ask us about our EITC, Education Improvement Tax Credit, program for your business. • United Way Donate Now –...

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Career Readiness Indicator – Work with UcanB

»Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Career Readiness Indicator | 0 comments

Building Bridges for Business is a 501©3 located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Career Readiness Indicator program is now a requirement for schools across Pennsylvania.   Building Bridges has been providing career education and workforce development programs for years and school are working with UcanB to meet these requirements. The flagship program is UcanB. The UcanB program is a unique experiential program that teaches entrepreneurship, leadership, and career-readiness in a variety of areas to middle school and high school aged students. Our proven curriculum combines interactive technology, hands-on projects, and mentorship from business and civic leaders to give students the skills they will need to succeed in a fast-paced and competitive job marketplace. We focus on fields that are in-demand and growing in our region, including careers in science, healthcare, green, technology, media, veterinary and animal related careers, entrepreneurial careers and...

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UcanB Teacher Wins Achievement Award at Ice Gala

»Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Business, German American Chamber, German Dual Apprenticeship Program | 0 comments

Ice Gala – January 27, 2018 – I received a distinct honor tonight from the the German American Chamber of Commerce for the work I’ve done through the Building Bridges U Can Be Education Program. A program that I’ve been working with High Schools in the area. Visit I was completely humbled and caught off guard. I wanted to share this with you.  – Alexander Nichols on Winning award at ICE GALA Apprentice background – No other apprenticeship system is as widely applied and successful as the German system. Every year, 1.5 million people train in the German system. Because of this, Germany enjoys the lowest youth unemployment of any industrialized nation (7.1%), and youth unemployment far below the United States (16.8%) and the Eurozone average (22.3%). With over 125 German companies in the Pittsburgh region, there is an enormous demand for skilled employees with specialized training and education. Following the completion of our pilot program, GACC Pittsburgh Chapter and our Partner, UCanB are proud to introduce the German Style Apprenticeship Program to the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Partners for the pilot included VEKA Industries, Seneca Valley High School, Rosedale Technical College. GACC Pittsburgh Chapter collaborated with partners to develop a curriculum specific to VEKA’s job requirements and based on the IHK’s “Verfahrensmechaniker fuer Kunststoff- und Kautschuktechnik, Fachrichtung Halbzeuge” curriculum. Seven senior students began the apprenticeship for extrusion operation with VEKA Industries, the world’s largest extruder of uPVC profiles in January 2016. The program has now expanding to include seven companies with a range of the IHK’s apprentice modules, providing skilled workers to Pittsburgh businesses and job security to local students. OUR PARTNER Certification The German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter’s Dual Apprenticeship Program has been registered by the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry and approved by the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council and the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship. The certification will be recognized on a state and federal national for the Process Mechanic in Polymer Technology (includes Extrusion and Blow Mold Operators) and Mechatronics Technician. Upon completion, the apprentices will receive certification by the German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter and recognized by the State of Pennsylvania and throughout the US....

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The Education Foundation Supports UcanB

»Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Education, Education Foundation, Shaler, U can B | Comments Off on The Education Foundation Supports UcanB

Shaler Area School District began working with U can B in 2017 for a series of information technology, job readiness and career awareness classes. This program for middle school students was made possible by a grant from The Education Foundation.   Students met with a U can B instructor every Monday to discuss topics such as technology, career assessment, understanding the job market, careers in IT and more! Additionally, UcanB will attend the STEM OPEN HOUSE for High School students in February 2018. This event will allow teachers and administrators to review existing resources and new programs for Shaler Area students. Andrew Weckman, President and CEO of The Education Foundation, said, “We recognize Building Bridges and the UcanB Career Education program as an innovative provider in the education space. We are proud to work with this organization and be able to advance both of our goals to reach students and provide exceptional career education.” Alexander Nichols, a #UcanB teacher, met with Shaler students and discussed his experience to get to the CEO level. He provided life lessons from his work at General Electric, Rockwell, and his own business Computer Friend and working for the Minority Purchasing Council, an organization whose mission was to provide opportunities for minority business owners. He described attributes that he would look for in a prospective employee including education, honesty, being a hard worker, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Nick went on to discuss the benefits of participating in the student government to gain leadership abilities, participating in school activities like the marching band and athletics. Nick also described his involvement in ROTC (Reserved Officer Training Program). An upcoming event for Shaler Area High School students is the Shaler Area High School S.T.E.A.M. Advisory Board’s 4th Annual Community STEAM Expo on February 22nd, 2018. The event will showcase science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics with their application in community business, industries and related fields of study. The expo will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for students and 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for families. The evening event will coincide with the high school’s winter open house, which will allow students and parents to engage with local STEAM-related companies to see what technologies or opportunities they bring to the community. Information about the Education Foundation and Building Bridges for Business and the UcanB career education program. The Education Foundation is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Over the many years and granting over $6,000,000 in scholarships to deserving students, The Education Foundation believes that offering opportunities to learn about education and occupation is vital to students and employers. The focus on both new and traditional occupations is necessary for the future health and growth of our economy as well. In order to contribute to students’ academic and intellectual success, The Education Foundation offers tutoring services for students as well as offering scholarships to deserving students, when funds are available. To inquire about tutoring services, contact or call (412) 453-6272 for more information. Building Bridges for Business is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in the Northside of Pittsburgh. UcanB has reached over 25,000 students in the past 3 years alone. UcanB has provided thousands of teaching hours, hosted major city-wide events, and helped people find the right resources and jobs, recently via the West End Employment Center, a cooperative project with Representative Dan Deasy. The flagship program, UcanB, is creating connections between students, communities, and employers to transform careers and economies. UcanB’s proven, career education program, with hands-on curriculum, has over 76 weeks of material, available in a wide array of topics, including entrepreneurship, soft skills, career development, IT careers, green careers, website design and SEO, graphic design, government and politics, careers in healthcare, and more. This customizable curriculum is made available to schools, who select which programs their students need most. To reach Building Bridges for Business contact us at or visit our website and leave your comments at Contact for the press release, Linda Handley – cell phone: 412 337...

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Personal Tax Credits for your Pennsylvania STATE TAXES

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Personal Tax Credits for your Pennsylvania STATE TAXES

  Did you know that though most U.S. citizens think we have the most educated workforce in the world, we’re actually lagging way behind? This bothered us immensely. This bothered us so much, actually, we decided that we would help by starting small in Pennsylvania. Our mission statement reiterates this when it says, “Our mission is to strengthen the economic vitality of the region by providing educational programming and opportunities for students to connect with vital resources.” Though UcanB does do all these amazing things for our children, the future of America, we can also benefit you! UcanB’s Education Improvement Tax Credit Program has just become available to individuals this past year. As an example of how our program works, lets say you owe $3,000 in PA STATE taxes and your receive tax credits, you would owe $0. If you’re eager to hop on board and donate, all you have to do is complete a one page application. You can also just donate using our “donate” link on the Building Bridges website. For more information on Corporate or Personal tax Credits  – Email us at Link to the DCED. for more information on Corporate and Personal Tax Credits. Business in Pennsylvania Building Bridges for Business is a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides career education to school students in the area of job growth. The Building Bridge’s career education program, U can B, features over 70+ weeks of curriculum adhering to the PA State teaching guidelines. U can B has subject matter experts and teachers who teach in the areas of science, technology, trades, entrepreneurship, television and new media, digital citizenship, workforce readiness and soft skills. U can B is taught in school, afterschool, and in summer programs. A blended learning approach utilizes curriculum, teachers and videos along with hands-on exercises to reach students in a new way. Building Bridges is also EITC approved and a participating United Way organization. Building Bridges is a 501(c) (3) organization that educates and empowers through: • Live and virtual business education • Coffee With Film Series • U can B career education program for 6th -12th grade students • and Building the Bridges across the business and workforce...

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