Business Partner of the Year Award

Central Penn College Internship Coordinator Kristin Fike, left, stands with Barbara Richardson, owner of H&R Block, Shippensburg, after presenting Richardson with the college’s Business Partner of the Year award.


H&R Block, Shippensburg, was named the 2019 Business Partner of the Year by Central Penn College at a recent ceremony in the Capital BlueCross Theatre. The award recognizes a local company for partnering with the college and its Career Services department.

In 2016, Central Penn developed a partnership with the H&R Block Shippensburg franchise, which is owned by Barbara Richardson, and includes five locations in Mechanicsburg, Duncannon and Shippensburg.

The partnership enables the college’s accounting students to complete their internship at one of the franchise’s five locations. Since then, six students have successfully completed their 180-hour internships with H&R Block.

“I would like to thank Central Penn College for honoring us with this prestigious award,” said Richardson. “We love to give back to the community here at H&R Block.”

“Not only does Barbara welcome our students into her business, but she also has been instrumental in connecting our students with H&R Block offices in Hanover and Altoona,” said Steve Hassinger, career services director at the college.

“When I was a college student, a local business sponsored me as an intern,” said Richardson. “I always remember how valuable the things I learned in my internship were, and how they helped me in future endeavors. I’m proud to pay forward that same career enhancement experience with the up-and-coming college students of today.”

This is the 15th year for the award. Previous winners of the Business Partner of the Year award include:

* 2018 - CPRS Physical Therapy

* 2017 - New York Life

* 2016 - Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU)

* 2015 - Spring Creek Rehabilitation Center

* 2014 - Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

* 2013 - Nationwide Insurance

* 2012 - Capital BlueCross

* 2011 - Metro Bank

* 2010 - Holy Spirit Health System

* 2009 - Highmark

* 2008 - AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union

* 2007 - Drayer Physical Therapy Institute

* 2006 - Giant Food Stores

* 2005 - SatoTravel

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