Business and Education Connection

Career Mentor Program

The Potter County Education Council and five Potter County School Districts launched a pilot program called “Career Vocational Mentor Aides” in the respective guidance offices. This was made possible through the financial support of the Potter County Human Services and the PCEC. In the Fall of 2016, the Port Allegany School District was added to the program, and we are hopeful to reach even more students with this program in our existing districts. These aides work about 25 hours per week to provide additional services that help the districts’ students to better prepare for the transition from school to work or further education.

Our goal is to help every 6th through 12th grader and their parents plan better for their future studies and occupations. We hope to bring an ever-widening range of employers into the mix of resources available to our students. During 2016-2017, PC Human Services, PCEC, local businesses and industries and local districts will combine to financially support this new initiative.


Nationally acclaimed author and motivational speaker visits local school districts.

During the first week of October 2016, 6-12 grade students from the five Potter County schools and Port Allegany were given the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker who is known worldwide as America’s Passion Coach. Darrell “Coach D” Andrews is a nationally acclaimed author, motivational speaker, and education/ workforce development consultant. He has dedicated his life to helping students, schools, educators, and parents reach their fullest potential through his positive and upbeat style of speaking.

Throughout Darrell “Coach D” Andrews’ time in the schools, his motivational theme was “Turning Dreams, Passions, and Talents into Careers.” His focus during his presentations was to motivate the students and encourage them to start thinking about their future goals/dreams. “Coach D” shared powerful messages such as “Knowledge is Power,” “Show me Your Friends, I’ll Show you your Future,” and encouraged them to embrace the education they are receiving today. The message delivered was perceived as empowering and inspirational to all (based on student and faculty feedback).


“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy.
I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”
– Art Williams