Leadership Lawrence County Graduates Celebrated

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Forward Lawrence – Chamber and Economic Alliance recently celebrated 15 graduates of the Leadership Lawrence County program.

The program is designed to improve leadership skills such as communication, conflict resolution and influencing change for individuals wanting to make a meaningful impact in the county and the surrounding region.

Using the Pennsylvania State University Leadership Modules, participants earn 3.6 continuing education units while learning to understand public and private sector programs and the challenges facing the area. They also gain perspective while visiting businesses, attractions and organizations.

Participants also complete a community project, with this year’s class raising $6,210 by finding donors, securing company matches and selling raffle tickets. The funds were donated to the United Way of Lawrence County to provide cribs and mattresses for families.

This year’s graduates are Beth DeVivo of Bruce and Merrilees Electric Co.; Brittany Fair of Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation; Bryan Miller of Hickory Run Energy; Carisa Sechrist of Ellwood Quality Steels; Cindy Ambrosini of Ellwood; Coy Price of Keystone Compliance; Angela Streckeisen of City Rescue Mission; Jamie Ringer of Huntington Bank; Jason Lener of Westminster College; Jonathan Hendry of Arconic; Kaitlyn McCallister of UPMC Jameson; Karen Servick of Stay & Play Dog Park LLC; Krista Cutter of Hickory Run Energy; Lindsey Edgar of UPMC Passavant; and Sean Carnahan of Packer Thomas.

The June 14 graduation ceremony at the Lawrence County Courthouse was attended by county Commissioners Dan Kennedy and Chris Sainato; Melinda Gosser, district director for the office of state Sen. Michele Brooks, R-50th; and representatives of the graduates’ companies.

Those interested in applying for the 2024-2025 Leadership Lawrence County program can register HERE by July 15.

Students Celebrated

In addition to the leadership graduation, Forward Lawrence celebrated students who completed the Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program, offered by the Pennsylvania College of Technology, an affiliate of Penn State University. The program aims to raise student awareness of manufacturing employment opportunities and increase the number of students pursuing manufacturing careers.

The program includes nine self-paced online modules and three hands-on labs at Lawrence County Career & Technical Center, covering shop essentials, safety, inspection, robotics and additive manufacturing. Students also enhance their skills in blueprint reading, measurement, basic electricity, mechanical processes and simple machines.

Those who complete the program earn an associate certification from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Students who completed the program this year are Burke Miller, Mohawk Area High School; Emily Shaffer, Neshannock Township High School; Ben Soto, New Castle Area High School; and Andrew Gettings, Union Area High School.

Pictured at top: Graduates of the Leadership Lawrence County program.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.