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The purpose of the Eagle Career Day Program is directed at guiding Scouting careers. It is a day where Scouts and their parents are invited to hear speakers and panel discussions. Whether your interest is in going to college, entering the labor trades, or seeking a career in the military, NESA Laurel Highlands Council wants you to make an informed choice.

NESA will provide that opportunity annually, each March, at the University of Pittsburgh. Experienced professionals will provide insights into various opportunities and options available to our Scouts, and answer questions. Particular attention will be given to the cost of higher education, and options for financing. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. NESA's goal is to help our scouts make the best choices for their futures.

Generally, the agenda follows a layout like the one below:

  • 10:00 am: Registration and Breakfast
  • Higher Education; Admissions, Financial Aid
  • Community College; Admissions, Financial Aid
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • Labor Union Trades
  • Military Education Opportunities
  • Open Forums - Q & A

Space is limited to 400 attendees for this no-charge event

The 2024 Eagle Career Day was generously sponsored by ECA, Equipment Corporation of America's CEO, Mr. Roy Kern (Eagle Scout). 

Program Committee Chair - "Bud" Smith

Bud Smith holds an engineering degree from Rensselaer and a master’s degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. After serving as a shipboard Navy officer, Bud worked as a management consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Thereafter, he held senior executive and CEO roles over manufacturing companies located in the United States, Japan and Brazil, and started up two Europe-partnered technology equipment companies. He recently retired is Associate Professor of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh. Bud continues to work in leadership roles with the National Eagle Scout Association, the Young Presidents Organization (YPO Gold), and Samaritan Counselling Center. He resides with his wife Carolyn in Sewickley PA.

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