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Career Mentoring Programs

School-Based Programs

High school students in the Pittsburgh area can benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry.  At bi-monthly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design hypothetical projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices. See the ACE Mentoring website for program overview.  Email Mrs. Keller ([email protected]) if you have any questions. Email Mrs. Keller ([email protected]) if you are interested in joining.


The Health Professionals Internship is geared towards students who are interested health-related careers.  Robert Morris University offers programs in Health Administration, Nursing, and Nuclear Medicine which allows students to gain insight into the varied roles that exist in the healthcare profession.  This mentor program provides students with the opportunity to…

  • Connect with healthcare professionals through lunch conversations
  • Connect with faculty and student mentors
  • Visit the campus to attend class with RMU students in the student’s area of interest
  • Participate in simulation activities (simulated healthcare setting)
  • Attend the Fall and Spring Networking/Educational Event on campus
  • Field trips to healthcare facilities in the area
Email Mrs. Keller ([email protected]) if you are interested in joining.

PartnerUp is a career-readiness program led by PNC and a coalition of regional employers who believe that future talent is found in our own backyards.  When employers PartnerUp with educators and students with the shared goal to help young talent take the first steps towards a secure future, everyone thrives.  The curriculum prepares 12th graders to launch careers after high school graduation by engaging them in sessions focused on skill assessments, resume building, and interview prep.  The program ends with interviews for positions in our area with competitive pay, health and tuition benefits, and potential career advancement.  Email Mrs. Keller at [email protected] to sign up.


Check out these resources for more information.

PartnerUp WQED video:

PartnerUp Website:

Community-Based Programs

The application for the 2022 Career Connections programs is now open @  (


Career Connections programs are for students in grades 9-12.  The application fee is $100.  Some programs may have an additional fee that is noted in their description.  The programs that we currently are accepting applications for are:


Architecture – starts September 23 (additional fee of $35)

Associated Artists – Art Careers (no start date yet)

Future Teachers Academy (no start date yet)

Theatre at Warp Speed! – starts September 30 (additional fee of $50)

Opera (virtual)– starts October 5

RxPlore Pharmacy – December 8 (Please note that there is no application fee for this program as it is only one session.)

Writing for Publication (no start date yet)

Zoo Animal Care (no start date yet)


Email Mrs. Keller @ [email protected] if you plan to apply.




In Partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Area Maritime Community

A Free Career Education event for grades 11-12 with an introduction to the Greater Pittsburgh Maritime Community.


When: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Where: Gateway Clipper Fleet, Station Square



  • Meet with representatives from the maritime industry and related fields to learn about careers.
  • Participate in interactive educational stations.
  • Enjoy a free lunch
  • Enjoy a river tour onboard a Gateway Clipper Fleet Riverboat.


Check out their Careers Page to preview some of the careers that will be represented during the experience.


If you are interested in participating, contact Mrs. Keller at [email protected]



RMU is hosting an on-campus Accounting Career program for select regional high schools on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. The event is open to high schoolers interested in a career in Accounting. 
The program will run from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Highlights of the program include:
  • An Accounting Careers Panel
  • Meet & Greet with Accounting Firms
  • Executive Dialogue featuring Richard Archer (Partner, KPMG Risk Advisory) and Jennifer Cryder (CEO of Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs)
  • A Keynote Speech by Jerry McGinnis (Managing Partner of KPMG Philadelphia) on Careers in Accounting
  • Lunch
  • RMU Accounting Student Panel & Q&A
  • Tour of RMU's Campus
Please email Mrs. Keller @ [email protected] if you are interested in attending.

The Building and Construction Industry in Western Pennsylvania is one of the fastest growing - regionally and nationally - offering some of the HIGHEST COMPENSATION RATES and BEST BENEFIT PROGRAMS of any industry in the country.   Learn how REWARDING, EXCITING and LIFE-CHANGING careers in the CONSTRUCTION and ALLIED INDUSTRIES can be, and the VARIOUS PATHWAYS to BUILD THAT CAREER.




1000 Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

We’re very excited to announce upcoming sessions of the Perry Virtual Experience in September and October 2022. The Perry Virtual Experience is a free, 2.5-hour, interactive online experience for high school and college-aged women who gender-identify as women or nonbinary and are interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedic surgery and engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online orthopaedic simulations and biomechanics experiments. Additional information can be found on our website:


Women in high school and college who have an interest in science, medicine and/or engineering are now invited to register for a session of the Perry Virtual Experience. We would appreciate it if you could pass along this information to any educators or students you may know. Students should be directed to fill out the online registration for one session that best fits their schedule. Most sessions are available to participants in any location, but some sessions are for a focused geographic area. The upcoming program dates are:

September 13th, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

September 24th, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

October 5th, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Details for each session can be found at:




The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is once again offering job shadow experiences for the school year.   Students with a sincere interest in animal-related careers may enjoy attending one or all of our programs, offered from October-April.  More information and online registration links for Keeper Conversations and Pizza with the Keepers (our two job shadow programs exclusively for high school students) can be found here, under the Keeper Interactions.
Interviews & Panel Discussions (pre-recorded)

It’s really difficult to imagine what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes. In essence, that’s what students are trying to do when they explore careers. Are they suited to the work? What’s a typical day on the job like? Are they good candidates for the necessary education or training?  To help young people begin answering those questions, the Consortium has launched Career Journeys. This video series is made up of informal conversations that we’re filming with people in a wide array of occupations spanning many industries. The conversations should give students at least a taste of what each career is like and help them know whether they’d like to learn more, perhaps through research, a job-shadow or some other work-based learning experience.  Check back often because we are building a library.  Click HERE to access the complete collection organized by career cluster.




Mascaro Construction Co. began advocating careers in its industry to young people even before partnering with the Consortium several years ago to promote them in K-12 schools. With its proactive stance, it should come as no surprise that the builder now is offering its own career video series as a resource for educators, students, and others to learn about different pathways in the industry.
The Pittsburgh Technology Council hosted a 2-week long STEM Summit focused on how technology is infused into many of Pittsburgh's hottest jobs!
Follow this LINK to listen back to conversations with professionals who work at these diverse companies: BirdBrain Technologies, Microsoft, Schell Games, Giant Eagle, Industrial Scientific, SDLC Partners, Allegheny Health Network, Philips Healthcare, and Rivers of Steel. Listen in to learn about what they do and how they got to where they are in hopes of inspiring, YOU, the next generation of workers in our region.

Catalyst Connection hosts events aimed at promoting careers in manufacturing.  

Manufacturing Career Panel-Fall 2020: Click HERE to view the discussion.

Manufacturing and Robotics Career Panel-Fall 2020: Click HERE to view the discussion.

Manufacturing Career Panel-Spring 2020:  Click HERE to view the discussion.

For more information on the high pay, high demand jobs available in manufacturing in the Pittsburgh Area check out 


Troutwood was established with a dream to bring financial independence to all those willing to work for it. Founded out of Carnegie Mellon University’s Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, the company designs and develops financial applications and educational tools.  Troutwood hosts weekly live financial literacy sessions on Wednesdays from 12-12:30 PM.  Listen in to learn from professionals about the power of investing.  Click HERE to listen to recordings of previous sessions.


One of the greatest benefits of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is the opportunity for students to interact with many dynamic business leaders, world-class motivational speakers and subject matter experts. The Foundation for Free Enterprise Education proudly offers a Speaker Series which will give viewers a peek into a broad array of viewpoints, subject matter and people, all supporting their vital mission of teaching students about their critical role in the American free enterprise system and society.  They hope that you find these videos useful career exploration tools, and encourage you to connect directly with the presenters for more information as you travel your path to success!  Click HERE for access to the complete Speaker Series.


Students with a strong financial foundation and early exposure to accounting make for promising CPA candidates. Get the knowledge you need to succeed!  Register HERE for access to inspiring career videos, real-life financial presentations, and challenging worksheets.


Encourage your future in accounting with videos showing the diverse career opportunities in the profession, a starting salary guide, student panels, and virtual school tours and admissions presentations.  Click HERE to register and gain access to the resources.


Self-Advocacy may sound simple - but it can be quite challenging skills to master. Chaz Kellem helps us learn about how making decisions about your life and learning how to gather information can be so important for your future. This skill can be a vital addition to success as students transition to post-secondary education and employment.  Click HERE to view the presentation.