Educator in the Workplace

The Educator in the Workplace program connects teachers with the business community. The course provides educators the opportunity to: 1. develop an awareness and understanding of integrating the business and education communities 2. explore and develop innovative instructional practices, and 3. provide relevance while building a capacity to enhance student achievement.

Through a mix of classroom learning activities and on-site learning in a workplace environment, educators enrolled in this course can expect to bring relevant work standards and experiences back to their classrooms.  To read some testimonials from the course's graduates, scroll down.

This program is offered both as a non-credit (Act 48)** and for-credit course through our post-secondary partner, Shippensburg University. Educators spend three days in the classroom and three days working at a preselected business.  In 2017, YCAL is offering two cohort options for the completion of this course.

 

 

Click Here to access the YCAL Application (Please note you must fill this application out whether you are pursuing Act 48 Credits only or credits through Shippensburg)

Click Here to access course information on registering for Shippensburg credit (The Educator in the Workplace Couse is listed under "Educational Leadership.")

 

**Please note: For YCAL Member School Educators, the Act 48 course's cost is covered as part of your school/district membership. 

 

Educator in the Workplace Testimonials

 

Name:

Ken Witmer

School:

Dallastown Area High School

Educational Role:

English II, Honors English II, Honors College Composition Teacher

Company Name:

Wellspan Health, York, PA

Feedback about the Experience:

In a teaching career that spans over 30 years, I can point to several experiences that have been eye-opening and memorable at the same time, and taking the Educator in the Workplace course was one of those.  I spent three days interviewing various healthcare professionals within the Wellspan Health campuses and discussing their pathways to their current positions.  Shadowing a physician on rounds, discussing cutting-edge HVAC technology with an engineer, and getting a behind the scenes’ glance into the simulation lab were just a few of the highlights of my time at Wellspan.  Since many of my students at Dallastown are interested in professions in the healthcare industry, these experiences were invaluable.  Even several years after having taken the Educatory in the Workplace course, I still find myself referencing the slideshow and my notes on the experience as I discuss different options with my students.  Needless to say, I would highly recommend this valuable experience to my colleagues.

 

Name:

Joseph Monti

School:

Dallastown Area High School

Educational Role:

Cyber/Blended and Intervention Teacher

Company Name:

WellSpan York Hospital and Apple Hill, York, PA

Feedback about the Experience:

I would have to say it was one of the most relevant learning experiences I have experienced. This course allows for the opportunity to experience real-life career skills at all levels of employment, that can be brought back to classroom. The benefit afforded students is the wide variety of skills necessary to be successful in the working world.

 

Name:

Corissa Fetrow

School:

Dallastown Area Intermediate School

Educational Role:

School Counselor for grades 4-6

Company Name:

Olivia’s House, York, PA

Feedback about the Experience:

I was hosted by Olivia’s House, a grief and loss center for children in York, Pa.

My experience was invaluable. I had the opportunity to see behind the scenes of a small, non-profit organization who presence in our community is priceless. Olivia’s House is run with love, organization, patience, passion, and purpose. Five employees operate Olivia’s House with professionalism and with such ease that you would think they had 100 employees. Being a part of Educator in the Workplace, and allowed the opportunity to see the ins and outs of what makes up our community, was a life changing experience and I will forever be grateful.

 

Name:

Gregory A. Tomevi

School:

Lincoln Intermediate Unit # 12

Educational Role:

Case manager, Adult Education

Company Name:

Topflight Corporation (Custom Label Mfg.), Glen Rock, PA

Feedback about the Experience:

As a case manager, one of my goals is to prepare our students for entering and retaining employment. My Educator in the Workplace experience, at Topflight Corp., gave me a first-hand look at the “soft” and work- ready skills needed in a local high tech industry. I came away from the experience having a much better idea of how to prepare our students for the marketplace. I heartily recommend this YCAL program to teachers of all content and grade levels.

 

Name:

Jennifer Hendry

School:

Dallastown Area Middle School

Educational Role:

Librarian/Research Teacher, 7th and 8th Grade

Company Name:

York Daily Record, York, PA

Feedback about the Experience:

I spent three days at the York Daily Record last summer. Experiencing a culture outside of the public school was an eye-opening and inspiring experience. I now have a better understanding of what I need to do to prepare my students for their future.

 

Jen Hendry’s Top 10 Takeaways:

§  Publishing a newspaper requires a complex system that is run by extremely competent and dedicated people with all kinds of skills.

§  Successful people must communicate well and often.

§  Respectful leadership leads to more teamwork.

§  Flexibility means survival.

§  Empathy and sensitivity lead to good decision making and better customer service.

§  Embracing new technologies and always looking ahead is key to being better than your competition.

§  Deadlines are critical and it takes grit to stay on track.

§  Professionalism is important, but so is being authentic.

§  Understanding your audience is a critical piece when it comes to branding your product.

 

 

Name:

Carol Kelkis

School:

Red Lion Area Senior High School

Educational Role:

English, Communications, and Journalism Teacher

Company Name:

WITF Public Media Center, Harrisburg, PA

Feedback about the Experience:

It was a life-changing, game-changing, classroom-changing experience to visit WITF through Educator in the Workplace.  Not only did I observe and interview people in the media field, I learned the path media related careers and the skills needed to do different jobs.  I use what I learned daily when I encourage my students to produce their best products and to build their own pathways to dream careers.

 

Name:

Kriste King

School:

York County School of Technology

Educational Role:

11th Grade English Teacher

Company Name:

Metso Minerals, York, PA

Feedback about the Experience:

This class allows me to bring the real world of work into my classroom. Many of my lessons are based on real world experiences. Therefore, my students are able to make real world connections to many of our curriculum materials. It truly was a valuable experience and one I shared with my spouse.

 

Name:

Jennifer L. Newcome

School:

Northeastern High School

Educational Role:

Librarian

Company Name:

James Craft and Son, Inc., York Haven, PA

Feedback about the Experience:

I spent three very interesting days with a variety of people from James Craft and Son, Inc.  They gave me experience in the three areas of their business.  I spend a day on the road with one of their technicians, a day in the shop with the fabricators and a day in the office with bookkeeping and engineering.  These days gave me a great look into the facets of a business that does mechanical contracting.  It gave me insight into what is expected from employees and I can now pass the information along to my students.  James Craft and Son, Inc. is a great company to learn from.