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Events Benefits

Business and Education Association 501(c)3

550628_355994441152414_1871601971_nThe Central PA Business and Education Association is the 501(c)3 entity under the Chamber umbrella, run by staff member Michael Porter, Education Coordinator. Read Michael’s bio here.

Vision Statement

“A Knowledge-ABLE Workforce”

Mission Statement


Building Leaders for the Susquehanna Valley (B.L.S.V.)

BLSV is a program designed for youth who are beginning to show leadership potential and an interest in their community. Its goal is to acquaint students with community needs and resources and to encourage their interest and participation as they develop leadership and communication skills and have the opportunity to interact with one another and with community leaders in the Central Pennsylvania Region.

Seminar & Training Series

The Seminar & Training Series is designed to provide short but impactful educational opportunities for members and employees of businesses and organizations alike. The courses are relevant to today’s needs, including technology, marketing strategies and much more. B&E partners with Central PA Chamber members to conduct the classes. If interested in leading a class, contact Michael Porter – mporter@centralpachamber.com or 570-742-7341.

For the latest class information, and to register, click here!

Career Fair

The annual Career Fair helps to enhance the education and career planning of area students. By attending the Career Fair, local business leaders can support students, while educating the community about their business. More than 1,000 students from schools throughout the region attend. This is your chance to enhance student awareness on the variety of careers that are offered right here in central Pennsylvania. Don’t miss this opportunity to directly educate local students and aid in their decision-making process as they schedule courses for the following school year and beyond. There is no cost to attend this event. Lunch is provided.

Job Shadowing

Job Shadowing is an academically motivating activity designed to give 11th grade students the unique opportunity of an up-close look at the world of work and provide the answer to the commonly asked question, “Why do I have to learn this?” The program invites students to see firsthand how the skills learned in school relate to the workplace.

Legislative Breakfasts

Students from our member school districts are invited to attend Legislative Breakfasts throughout the school year. Students are individually recognized before federal, state and local elected officials. Students are photographed with guest speakers and given the opportunity to ask questions.

School Counts!

School Counts is an initiative that encourages employers to use the School Counts Certificate as one of the criteria to evaluate high school job applicants. The School Counts Credential certifies that a student has obtained a grade of ‘C’ or better in every course, achieved a 95% attendance and punctuality record, completed high school in eight consecutive semesters, taken more than the minimum graduation requirements, and demonstrate a no bullying tolerance in accordance with their school policy.

JST DRV (Just Drive)

JST DRV is an effort of B&E, aimed to promote safe driving among teens and the general public. Students in the BLSV program helped develop public service announcements and sold thumb bands to their peers. Thumb bands are available to the public. For more information, and to support the mission of JST DRV, contact Michael Porter at 570-742-9671 or mporter@centralpachamber.com.