Saint Francis University’s
Enactus small business club hosted an Executive Round Table at the
Center for Community Action (CAA) on February 19. This event featured interviews and conversation with area business leaders
Councilwoman Christie Jordan,
Sheetz Manager of Employee Relations Mandy McManus, and Altoona
Chik-fil-a Owner/Operator Michael Burgmeier. Participants of the CAA’s Employment, Advancement, and Retention Network (EARN), a program to empower job seekers to be better prepared for the workplace, had the chance to ask questions, interact, and network with these professionals.
This event was part of
Enactus’ Uwork project (Workplace Opportunities through Resources and Knowledge). Uwork is a student-led initiative designed to provide training and skills to high-risk job seekers in Central PA. Currently in its pilot phase, Uwork is underwritten by a grant from
According to Enactus co-advisor
Kent Tonkin, a business instructor at Saint Francis, Uwork benefits participants and students.
“We’re proud to provide a valuable free service to the community, but our students also gain valuable experience,” Tonkin states. “These young people are getting a chance to apply the business and career skills they are learning in the classroom while making a real difference in someone’s life.”
Uwork student co-leader Alex Kiepert agrees. “Learning fundamentals about management or HR in class is fantastic,” says Kiepert, “but getting to work side-by-side with actual job-seekers turns the material into reality.”
This session was the second of four total education modules to be offered in the program and individuals who complete all sections will receive a certificate during an upcoming ceremony. Enactus plans to revise the program based on feedback from CAA and participants.
“Our goal is to revise and expand the program into a continuing program,” states student co-leader Morgan Flack. “We’re already working on additional partnerships with a number of community groups.”
For more information on Uwork please visit
francis.edu/Uwork/ or contact
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Pictured above, left to right:
Front row: Mandy McManus, Manager of Employee Relations, Sheetz Corporation, Enactus student Kaitlyn Farber, Councilwoman Christie Jordan, Jonid Castillo, Staff Support Specialist, CCA
Back row: John McKelvey, SNAP Coordinator, CCA, Kent Tonkin, Co-Advisor, Enactus, Michael Burgmeier, Owner/Operator, Altoona Chik-fil-A, Alex Kiepert, Project Co-Manager, Uwork, Kenneth Brumbaugh, Enactus Student Volunteer, Nicole Bauman, Co-Advisor, Enactus