Canonsburg, PA – At the 23rd Annual Junior Achievement (JA) of Western Pennsylvania Spirit of Enterprise Dinner and Awards Ceremony this week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) received the prestigious “Impact Industry of the Year” award for its commitment to furthering the ideals and principles of the education-focused, non-profit organization. Past award recipients include CONSOL Energy, UPMC, Giant Eagle, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Eat’n Park.
“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award on behalf of our industry,” said Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the MSC. “Our members recognize the positive impact Junior Achievement has on the young people of Western Pennsylvania, and we share a commitment to develop and retain a skilled local workforce. As responsible Marcellus development expands, our industry is eager to work alongside organizations like JA to help ensure that our school-age children and young adults are equipped with the necessary skills to be the next generation’s business and community leaders.”
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, America’s first JA chapter, recognizes and honors individuals and/or organizations from western Pennsylvania who have made, or are positioned to make, outstanding contributions to the business, social and cultural assets of this area. Honorees must exhibit strong leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit and adhere to a high level of ethical principles.
“Junior Achievement is proud to recognize the members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition with the Impact Industry of the Year Award at our 23rd Annual Spirit of Enterprise Dinner,” said Dennis Gilfoyle, President of Junior Achievement of Western PA. “Since 1939, JA has been preparing young people for the world of work, and our partnership with the Marcellus Sale Coalition will provide practical, useful information to thousands of school children across Western PA. It is our hope to prepare these students for future career opportunities within the industry.”
MSC member companies who attended or supported the Spirit of Enterprise Dinner and Awards Ceremony include: Atlas Energy, Cabot Oil & Gas, Chesapeake Energy, CONSOL Energy, Eckert Seamans, EQT Corporation, J-W Operating, Mine Safety Appliances, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Range Resources, Talisman Energy USA, U. S. Steel Corporation and Universal Well Services. Click HERE to view a photo of the MSC at the JA event.
About JA: JA Worldwide is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.