Business news of local interest

Group aids library, children

HUNTINGDON — Mutual Benefit Group and Pennsyl­vania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program recently provided $90,000 for the Huntingdon Community Center and $30,000 for the Huntingdon County Library.

Jennifer Hefkin, who serves as assistant vice president of finance and accounting for MBG, has been instrumental in obtaining funding for several years through the EITC program.

Each year, the state allocates a pool of funds for the EITC grants, which are earmarked solely for educational programs for youngsters in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Corporate taxpayers like MBG “trade” the payment of less tax on corporate earnings to the state EITC fund so that a portion of money that would have normally been paid in taxes may go directly to fund educational projects in the corporation’s local community.

Conemaugh seeks applicants

JOHNSTOWN — Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Mentoring in Medicine program is accepting applicants for the annual 10-week summer program.

Mentoring in Medicine is designed to give area college students, planning on a career as a physician, the opportunity to shadow physicians at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in departments such as radiology, obstetrics, orthopedics and ER/trauma. Students also have the opportunity to select a department of their choice to shadow for two weeks. Pathology, oncology and neurosurgery are some top choices.

To apply for the program, students can contact Diana Schroeder via email at Applications are due Feb. 15.

Credit union offers program

Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money.

American Pride Credit Union, 1431 Valley View Blvd., is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make the curriculum available for free to three schools in the Martinsburg, Tyrone and Williamsburg.

“Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids have their own bank accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life,” Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said in a statement. “But because American Pride Credit Union is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free. More than ever, it’s important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world. American Pride Credit Union realizes that, and they’re doing something about it.”

Teachers interested in using the program can visit or call 888-8-BANZAI.