Career Exploration Programs Series

YCAL’s Career Exploration Programs are programs that provide York County high school sophomores, juniors and seniors hands-on experience, preparation and guidance for their future careers. Most programs meet after school on a consistent basis and focuses on a career pathway. Business representatives attend each meeting and guide students by answering questions and monitoring progress.  A culminating project is featured at the end of each program to showcase the knowledge gained throughout the program.  

Career Exploration Day Programs

YCAL also offers a growing variety of one or two-day Career Exploration Programs designed to provide students with an introductory view of a particular industry.  These abridged programs are typically held during the school day and are usually held at a sponsoring company's location.  These programs are a great way for students to gain a general understanding of different career paths in a more condensed amount of time.



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Career Exploration Programs

A full listing of programs by date offered in 2018-2019 can be viewed HERE
(The list is sorted by the semester it is offered, and then by Career Cluster)


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Sponsor Program Name Description
Accounting Do you know that not all Accounts are the same? Even in the same firm, some accountants’ days differ greatly! In this program, students will gain insight into how their personal communication style and preferences apply in a public accounting environment. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions to help solidify their interest in the accounting field and better understand practical applications of an accounting career.
Agriculture This program highlights sustainable farming practices, ecology and greenhouses. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different farming styles, new innovations, and business models and explore different paths to a future in farming. Students will perform two hands-on labs that will help them further understand some of the day-to-day activities of this career field.
Business Administration & Sales This program is currently in development. We hope we will have more information to share soon!
Construction School to Work Day Calling all high school juniors and seniors! Are you searching for a hands-on career in an exciting and dynamic skilled trade like construction? Learn about opportunities, types of work, standards and skill sets required to be successful in this industry. Register today for Kinsley Construction’s school-to-work career day! Please note, this event does not appear o the YCAL application. To register and for more information, please contact: Mike Johnston, Kinsley Construction, Inc. or 717-801-8957. Please RSVP by March 30th
Creative Careers Creativity, imagination and problem solving are crucial 21st century skills needed in the knowledge-based economy. Creative York's Creative Careers Program seeks to better prepare the next generation of thought leaders, innovators and workforce of our community. Note: This one-day program is not just for artists…it is for people who like art, the creative process AND students with interests and career goals that may have a correlation to the art world.
Criminal Justice & Forensics Careers in Criminal Justice and Forensics extend far beyond being a police officer. This one-day event, organized by the York County District Attorney’s Office, will provide high school students with an overview of the Criminal Justice system, along with presentations from various guest speakers from the many offices and individuals who assist the District Attorney’s Office in their mission to seek “justice for crime victims, the community and criminal defendants.” Students will leave the session with a background on the industry, several potential career paths, and the education required to pursue the path that most interests them.
Education Have you ever had a teacher who had a significant impact on your life? High School students interested in pursuing the noble profession of passing on knowledge to others as an educator do not want to miss this day. Students can look forward to a day of exploring the traits, talents, and skills it takes to be a successful educator as well as exploring what specialization might be the best match to their strengths. Attendees will get to interact with future educators, observe a class, hold a Q & A with faculty and students, and perform various hands-on small group educational activities.
Education (Future Educators Forum) The Future Educators Forum is hosted by York College of Pennsylvania early I the Fall Semester (September 27, 2018) This event, which is open to High School Seniors only, is designed for those that have already made the decision, or are considering, to pursue a career in education. PLEASE NOTE: This event does not appear on the YCAL application. If interested, please contact your school's YCAL Representative to arrange for your attendance with York College.
Electrician Students interested in pursuing a career in a skilled trade will want to check out this brief program, focusing on students considering an electrical trade. This program will provide an overview of the electrical trade and a preview of the six-week Electrician Boot Camp. This Boot Camp is a Pre-Apprenticeship program open to High School Juniors and Seniors and will include and introduction to a career as an electrician covering electrical and construction safety, materials, component installation, ohms law, conduit bending, and employability skills.
Engineering Students who are math and science-driven, showing an interest in how things work, will want to take advantage of this opportunity. Students attending can look forward to exploring more about the engineering industry, educational paths, and career options after completing their studies through a discussion with a panel of several key members at various firms working in the field of engineering. The second part in this program series will involve a tour of a local facility to display some of the applications of engineering in the real world.
Entrepreneurship Are you interested in starting your own business someday? If so, this is the program for you! Join other students from York County for challenging informational sessions from which you will form teams to prepare for a business plan competition.
Financial Services This program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the world of financial services, such as working in a credit union, bank, or other institutions that manage clients’ money. Students can look forward to a tour of a credit union along with opportunities to interact with executives and other employees of a financial institution.
Healthcare This program is currently in development. We hope we will have more information to share soon!
Hospitality Management Are you aware that the hospitality industry is one of the largest in the country? This program will provide you with a fun, hands-on learning approach to the various career paths and education required to work in hotels, restaurants, catering, golf courses, senior-living facilities, sports teams, resorts, and many other industries related to service.
Human Services The Human Services Career Exploration is a great choice for students interested in pursuing a career where they get to help others. This program will help students gain insight into human service careers by visiting several local sites to hear and see Human Services professionals in actions. Completion of this program will give students a clearer picture of the struggles facing many community members, expand student knowledge of services available to York County residents, explore the departments and services in the York County Human Services Division, and to explore the educational options after high school.
Information Technology Students interested in a career working with computers, technology, and networks will want to check out this two-part series which will focus on the field of information technology. This program will include a discussion about the IT industry, various educational paths, and career options after completing their studies through a discussion with a panel comprised of several key members working in the IT field. The second session will focus in on specific topics of guided by the interests shared with the program hosts by attendees at part-one!
Insurance This interactive program will open your eyes to the insurance industry. There are many Careers in insurance that include: Underwriting, Claims, Sales, Risk Management, Actuarial Science, Customer Service, Accounting/Finance and many more. This program offers a mentoring aspect as students learn of the many opportunities and facets of the insurance industry from an agency owner with 30+ years of experience.
Insurance Careers Students may not think of insurance as a career path but it does offer stability, challenge and growth to those who choose the profession. Insurance is a financial service that guarantees protection or safety to individuals, organizations and businesses. The insurance industry offers many career choices including Actuarial Sciences, Claims, Sales and Underwriting.
Law Do you want to be a lawyer, work within a law firm, or work in the legal system for the government? Then do not miss this opportunity! This program will allow you to learn more about the practice of law, real estate closings, legal research and more.
Manufacturing Careers When you think of Manufacturing do you think of a dirty environment with low-wage workers? Nothing could be further from the truth! Modern manufacturing is done in a clean environment with many highly-skilled workers contributing to the many aspects of the manufacturing process from design, production, and the quality-control that is implemented every step of the way. With TWICE the national average of employees working in Manufacturing, York is the home of many cutting-edge facilities. Students attending this day will get to learn about several different manufacturing facilities in York County directly from a company representative. This will be an interactive session so students should come prepared to ask questions and network!
Marketing Are you a business-minded student who likes to be creative? Do you ever come up with great ideas that you want to share with the world? If you answered “maybe” or “sort of” to any of these questions, join us for a special one-day event focusing on the world of marketing. This hands-on day is offered through Marketing Works.
Mechatronics Students attending this program will learn about the rapidly-growing Mechatronics and Industrial Controls Technology field. Electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics and computer control systems are being integrated to create new and improved automated manufacturing production systems. Students with an interest in pursuing a career in electronics, robotics, maintenance, manufacturing, engineering, or automation will definitely want to check out this one-day program.
Media Careers A career in media can mean a lot of different things. There is the obvious, such as the frontline talent that we see, hear, and read every day, but there is way more beneath the surface. For students with interests in video editing, writing, graphic design, marketing, sales, accounting, producing, directing (not J.J. Abrams type of directing), computer programming, social media, or engineering, there is something for you in the media industry. Starting a career requires that you get that first job, and to get that first job interviewing skills are a necessity. A part of the program has each student taking part in a workshop about how to prepare for and impress during the interview process. WARNING: There will be some work required prior to the date of the program that will set you up for a successful day. Know what you need to know about a career in media and how to get that career going by joining this program presented by FOX43/WPMT. This event is limited to only 40 students so please sign up early!
Medical Assistant In today’s complex and ever-changing world of health care, Medical Assistants play an essential role. Medical Assistants provide support to physicians and other medical professionals as they examine and treat patients, such as drawing blood, administering medications, and taking and recording vital signs and medical histories. Medical Assistants also perform many of the administrative tasks that keep hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices running smoothly, including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, and insurance billing. Students who are considering a career in healthcare will definitely want to check out this hands-on, one-day program.
Music Industry Do you enjoy listening to music? Have you ever listened to recorded or live music and wanted to know more about how it all happened? If you have ever had an interest in the music industry, this one-day career exploration is an exciting opportunity. Whether you are interested in performance, production, or just the music business in general, this hands-on program, presented by York-based Studio 117, will provide an introduction to familiarize you with several opportunities in the industry.
Nursing For students pursuing a career in the medical field, this one-day program will help to gain a better understanding of the education required and the finer aspects of being a nurse. Nurses perform many jobs such as providing and coordinating patient care, educating patients and the public about various health conditions, providing advice and emotional support to patients and their family members, and even assisting surgeons in the operating room.
Psychology & Human Studies Students who have an interest in the study of people, their behaviors, their mental development, and the treatment of a social and mental health issues will want to take advantage of this career explorations opportunity. Presented by the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Penn State York, students attending can look forward to exploring the types of careers in this field, the training and education required to attain the various jobs within this career cluster, and learning common practices employed throughout this career path.
Respiratory Care This one-day program provides an overview of a growing specialty field in the healthcare industry. Students who attend can look forward to an overview of the types of jobs that can be attained in this career path as well as an understanding of the type of work performed.
Skilled Trades Students interested in exploring a career in a skilled trade such as carpentry, iron working, or highway/bridge construction will not want to miss this program! Hosted by the Kinsley Education Center, students can look forward to learning about the opportunities, types of work, standards, and skill sets required to be successful in a leading company like Kinsley. Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Construction that YCAL and Kinsley offer to Junior applicants to complete during their Senior Year.
Sports Management Would you like to learn about the interesting career opportunities in the growing field of sport management? This fun, hands-on program will show you the career paths available in sport industry. Student can also look forward to hearing about the education and training necessary to work in areas like professional sports, college athletics, sports marketing, and community sports and fitness.
Transportation & Logistics Transportation, Distribution and Logistics is the planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services (such as transportation, infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance). Students who may be interested in manufacturing and/or business-related careers will not want to miss this program, which is hosted by a locally-based, and nationally-recognized manufacturer of snack foods, distributing products made in Central Pennsylvania and shipped all throughout the United States!
Water and Environmental Technology Water & Environmental Technology is a field at the leading edge of protecting public health and the environment. An aging workforce, improved automation, and increasingly stringent regulations have created a high demand for water quality professionals. Students who enjoy hands-on learning, have an aptitude for math and science, and a desire to make a difference in the world around them will find these careers challenging and rewarding. Students attending this event will tour the York Water Company to learn more about the good paying, secure, local jobs available in this industry through hands on activities.