Touring PPG Paints Arena

The students got a behind the scenes look at the many trades & careers that make PPG Paints Arena work on a daily basis.

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It takes a lot of off-the-ice skill to make a hockey night in Pittsburgh happen. The Mentorship Academy was hosted by Kat, Gary, and Nick from the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, ASM Global (arena operator) and Aramark (concessions manager).

Keeping ​ 18,000 spectators safe, comfortable, hydrated, fed, happy, and entertained through a three-hour hockey game is an epic task requiring the focus and dedication of hundreds of skilled and varied workers. See the highlights of our tour in the video below.


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About Mentorship Academy

The Mentorship Academy is an initiative of CNX Foundation and part of CNX’s commitment to investing in its local community. Designed for high school students who do not plan to immediately attend a four-year college, the Academy is focused on providing urban and rural youth from economically disadvantaged communities with greater opportunities—helping provide these young adults a bridge to family-sustaining careers. Following the mentorship program, students will have developed new relationships with peers and business leaders across western Pennsylvania, a new excitement for the region’s career opportunities and an understanding of how to pursue those careers.

Founding Academy partners include CNX Resources, The Bus Stops Here Foundation, and the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania. Additional partners will be added as the Academy progresses.

Individuals and organizations interested in participating as a speaker, serving as a host or partner are encouraged to contact [email protected]