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ALL ABOUT PENN STATE: PSU expanding paid parental leave

Penn State has recently added another great benefit for full-time employees: paid parental leave.

To qualify, staff members must have been employed in a benefits-eligible position for at least a year before their child’s birth or adoption.

This is great news for current and future university employees, who as of July 1 can take four consecutive weeks off to care for and bond with their new family member. The paid time off must be used within 90 days of the birth or adoption.

For the past 16  years the university has offered paid parental leave to faculty members, but the new program covers a much larger portion of university workers.

Employing around 15,000 staff members in and around State College, Penn State is Centre County’s largest employer, and one of a handful to offer paid parental leave....

CATA CORNER: Shopping & more on North Atherton Street

Atherton Street in the Borough of State College is a major thoroughfare that many stores and restaurants call home.

Many of these businesses are centered on North Atherton Street, which extends about four miles from Penn State's campus before its conjunction with Interstate 99.

In these four miles, grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, banks and more can be found. While many are within walking distance to campus, local CATA buses are readily available to make the trip convenient for visitors and locals who may not have access to a car.

If you’ve never ridden a CATA bus, the process is simple. Our earlier blog post on that topic can be found here.

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Local Business Highlight: Sheetz

If you’re from the Mid-Atlantic region, it’s likely you’ve heard of Sheetz — the one-stop convenience store offering gas, made-to-order food, snacks and more.

With competitive pay and a hire-from-within strategy, this family-owned chain of gas stations is highly-ranked by customers and employees alike.

If you’re looking for a new job — or even a career — you may want to take a close look. The company aims to work directly with employees to develop skills that lead to a successful career within the company. In fact, over 90 percent of store managers have been hired from within.

Conveniently headquartered in nearby Altoona (about 45 minutes from State College), there are over 600 stores in six states across the U.S. 
In State College alone there are six...

Employer Highlight: Penn State University

The Pennsylvania State University is a state-related university with multiple campuses throughout Pennsylvania. Its main campus is right here in State College, Pennsylvania.

Founded as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania in the mid-1850s, the school has a long history of research and public service. And, with a student population of more than 46,800 graduate and undergraduate students at its University Park campus in State College, it’s no surprise that it’s the largest employer in Centre County, with over 17,000 staff and faculty members.

Penn State is known as a great place to work, offering many excellent health-, financial- and...