What is BASICS?

BASICS (Businesses and Schools Investing in Cooperative Solutions), a program of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to fostering a strong partnership between our schools and the business community and communicating career choices to students, parents, and educators, so they can prepare themselves today for the challenges of tomorrow.

What's Happening?

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Offers Business Volunteer Opportunities

The Blair County Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a success because of the business community's active involvement. Become involved through one of these volunteer opportunities: Business Mentor, Guest Speaker, Field Trip Host. The time commitment is minimal, but the rewards for you and the students are tremendous. Email Tim Gildea, YEA! Program Manager, at tpgildea@gmail.com with your interest and questions. Classes start in October and conclude in April. Read on to learn more about these opportunities and how you can lend your expertise to (more)

PA CareerLinkĀ® Blair County Holding a Multi-county Job Fair October 6 at the Jaffa Shrine

The PA CareerLinkĀ® Blair County will be holding a multi-county job fair on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at the Jaffa Shrine. Eighty hiring employers and agencies from Blair & Bedford Counties will attend this indoor, in-person event. If any of the Blair County School Districts are interested in having their 12th grade students attend the job fair, please contact Kaytlyn Clapper at (814) 254-7488 and RSVP no later than 9/10/2021.

  • Location: Jaffa Shrine (indoors, in-person), 2200 Broad Ave. Altoona, PA 16601
  • Time: 9:30 AM - 10:00 Reserved for Veterans, 10:00 AM - 2:00 (more)
Blair BASICS Virtual Career Fair Launches on YouTube

With the help of businesses and professionals across Blair County, BASICS has created a virtual career fair that delivers career information to educators, students and others. These short videos are collected on our YouTube video channel, Blair BASICS Virtual Career Fair. Thumbnails and links are also available for download on this PDF. See the Career Fairs page for more information.

New Video Supports School Attendance

The Healthy Blair County Coalition's Youth Connection Task Force has created a new video that helps parents, students and the community at large understand the scope and causes of the school attendance problem in Blair County and offers practical solutions. Please click HERE to view.

Career Shadowing Week Rescheduled for Fall

This year only, Career Shadowing will be offered in the fall to both juniors and seniors in high school. Career Shadowing Week is scheduled for November 15-19, 2021. For more information, please contact Judy Rossi at djrossi1@verizon.net or (814) 695-0433.