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To establish our programs in your middle or high school, meet with the school administration and encourage them to begin program implementation as soon as possible.
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The Internship Depot, The Rainmakers Club, The Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program, The Stormy Wannabees Initiative, The First Rung, and The Challenges are programs operated by Challenge Central LLC, a limited liability corporation established in New Jersey 15 years ago.
In its early years, Challenge Central offered a single online program that evaluated and improved skills in commonly used business software. Originally called the Technology Challenge, that program is being re-launched in 2020 as the The Challenges, which will offer business software assessments.
While operating the Technology Challenge and in light of continued and increasingly negative reports from employers about the hard and soft skills of recently graduated students (high school and college) and their lack of skills (academic and behavioral), the management team at The Internship Depot developed The Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program, The Stormy Wannabees Advantage Initiative, The First Rung, and The Rainmakers Club.
Challenge Central staff is comprised of a small team of professionals who have worked together for over ten years. The organization is led by president and CEO Dana Elizabeth Egreczky, whose career includes 16 years as a middle and high school science teacher, several years as a corporate trainer, and almost two decades in various and successively larger chambers of commerce in New Jersey (the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce).
Ms. Egreczky served all three chambers of commerce in identical capacities. As their workforce development executive and president/CEO of their non-profit affiliates, Ms. Egreczky raised millions of dollars in grants and corporate contributions, served as principal project director for several National Science Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants, and developed and established programs that reached tens of thousands of students across the New Jersey and beyond.
Data harvested from those programs provided incontrovertible evidence that the programs she developed and deployed under the Chambers’ banners improved students’ academic outcomes and their readiness for college and the workplace.
Currently, Ms. Egreczky also serves as a guest professor at Stockton University, where she teaches a course in ‘Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship.’