Schuylkill Technology Center: Using Employability Skills to Improve Culture and Teach Social and Emotional Learning

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At a Glance The Schuylkill Technology Center team recognized that the best way to improve school culture and integrate effective Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) was to connect the five domains from the CASEL SEL Framework to the employability skills framework that the school was already using to prepare students for the workforce. The CASEL … Continue reading Schuylkill Technology Center: Using Employability Skills to Improve Culture and Teach Social and Emotional Learning

Upper Bucks County Technical School: Work-Based Learning Program

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At a Glance Dr. Michael Herrera, Executive Director of Upper Bucks County Technical School, and Lisa Walck, the School Work Coordinator, have pioneered a dynamic strategy to fill the skilled workforce gap in their region. This plan, rooted in the principles of cooperative education and strong community engagement, serves as a model of best practices … Continue reading Upper Bucks County Technical School: Work-Based Learning Program

Lawrence County Career and Technical Center: Trolley Restoration Project

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At a Glance This profile showcases an exemplary partnership between the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center (LCCTC) and the Ellwood City Historical Society and Elwood City Chamber of Commerce to build a replica of the original 1908 trolley. With the backing of the LCCTC administration, students and instructors from Welding, Commercial Art, Electrical Occupations … Continue reading Lawrence County Career and Technical Center: Trolley Restoration Project

Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School: Developing and maintaining a strong relationship between the STEM Division at Butler County Community College and the Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School

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At a Glance It is the shared goal of Butler County Community College (BC3) and Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School (BCAVTS) to provide post-secondary educational options for BCVATS students. Maintaining strong relationships between the BC3 Dean of STEM and STEM Division faculty and the BCAVTS administrators and faculty ensures that the College is aware of … Continue reading Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School: Developing and maintaining a strong relationship between the STEM Division at Butler County Community College and the Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School

Mon Valley Career and Technology Center: Automotive Students participate in Autorama World of Wheels Competition

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At a Glance Students at Mon Valley Career and Technology Center customized a 2001 Jeep Wrangler, which was donated by the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) High School Vehicle Build Program. The students’ work captured first place at the Autorama World of Wheels car show in Pittsburgh, which took place in January 2022. Description Students … Continue reading Mon Valley Career and Technology Center: Automotive Students participate in Autorama World of Wheels Competition

Harrisburg Area Community College: Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) Program of Study Outreach

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At a Glance Through the TechLink Consortium, which is managed through Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Program of Study Outreach staff conduct “SOAR Road Shows” at TechLink Consortium schools at their request. The POS Outreach staff also provides information sessions within HACC to key personnel such as Admissions, Advisors, and Welcome Center Staff to increase … Continue reading Harrisburg Area Community College: Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) Program of Study Outreach

Lackawanna College: Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) Program Expansion, Marketing, Recruiting, and Retention

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At a Glance Lackawanna College has implemented new processes over the last five years to expand their SOAR offerings, market the programs to the regional career and technology centers, recruit students, and assist them in completing their programs of study. Description This best practice profile highlights how Lackawanna College (LC), located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, developed … Continue reading Lackawanna College: Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR) Program Expansion, Marketing, Recruiting, and Retention

Garden Spot High School: Onboarding New Employers as Cooperative Education Sites

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At a Glance This Best Practice highlights how the Career Pathways Coordinator at Garden Spot High School developed a detailed approach to onboarding local businesses to support both the Cooperative Education and Internship program. The profile describes how one person with a vision and determination developed a thriving and effective work-based learning program for students. … Continue reading Garden Spot High School: Onboarding New Employers as Cooperative Education Sites

Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County: Using Digital Software to Improve the Cooperative Education Program

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At a Glance This Best Practice highlights how a Cooperative Education coordinator utilizes digital signature software to increase the ease and efficiency of collecting all paperwork associated with Cooperative Education work site placements. Description Initially this practice was born out of the shift to a virtual environment at the CTC of Lackawanna County as a … Continue reading Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County: Using Digital Software to Improve the Cooperative Education Program

Cumberland Valley High School: Developing a Cooperative Education Employer Manual

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At a Glance Cumberland Valley High School has a robust Cooperative Education Program allowing high school seniors the opportunity to engage in high quality work-based learning with local employers. This profile highlights the Cooperative Education Employer Manual created by Career Coordinator, Terri Consevage. Description The Cooperative Education (COOP) program at Cumberland Valley High School permits … Continue reading Cumberland Valley High School: Developing a Cooperative Education Employer Manual