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Scott Caltagarone | 2016 Governor’s Achievement Award Winner

When Scott’s journey began, he was still in school and struggling with a learning disability. ScottCaltagaroneAccepting the help offered to him with vigor, Scott worked hard to complete a Summer Work Experience program, where he learned the importance of getting to work daily and on time and proved his ability to work well with others. Scott completed 120 hours of work experience while earning money for college. He also took advantage of the Leaders in Technology Program sponsored  by Penn State University and became a mentor to others taking the course for the first time.

When Scott was unable to pass the reading requirements to take college courses at Butler Community College, his dream of going  to college no longer seemed possible. After he was referred to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Learning Support for further assistance, he soon realized that he did not have to let his learning disability stop him from achieving his goals. Through the WIOA youth program at the PA CareerLink® DuBois, Scott received more help. He took Math 21 prep classes at Penn State, a collaborative effort between Penn State and the Intermediate Unit to prepare youth for college-level math. He also attended Work Ready workshops at the PA CareerLink® DuBois in various skill areas to improve his employability.

This preparation and career guidance led Scott to computer science, and after graduation he attended Penn State’s DuBois Campus to study Information Science Technology. He earned his associate degree in 2014 and is now working on his bachelor’s degree. He will graduate with a minor in business in the fall of 2016, and he eventually wants to pursue a master’s degree and teach at Penn State.

Scott regularly attends the Connection Café, an out-of-school youth program provided by the PA CareerLink® DuBois, where he shares his story with other young people who may be struggling and confused about their futures.

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