YCAL Hosts Career Education and Work Standards Symposium, Awards Grants

February 27, 2015 12:00 AM


 Issued By: York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL)
Program Contact:
Ellie Lamison
York County Economic Alliance, Office of Workforce Development
YCAL Hosts Career Education and Work Standards Symposium, Awards Grants
YORK, PA.  – February 27, 2015 – Over 80 York County educators attended the Career Education and Work Standards Symposium on Wednesday, February 25 at York County School of Technology.  The Symposium was hosted by the York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL).
The Symposium sessions provided educators with impactful, relevant lesson plans to adapt to the grade level in which they specialize.  The lesson plans encompassed the Career Education and Work Standards, Pennsylvania’s academic standards, including career awareness and preparation; career acquisition; career retention and advancement and entrepreneurship.
“York County School of Technology was excited to host the annual Career Education and Work Standards Symposium.  I can’t think of a better place to hold an event focusing on career education.  This symposium is just one of the numerous activities provided by YCAL to help introduce students to future career opportunities.  Educators from all areas of York County came together sharing best practices and collaborating about preparing students for life after high school in the workforce.” Dr. David W. Thomas, Director.
At the Symposium, YCAL awarded over $5,400 to 8 educators through YCAL’s Innovation Grant program.  Applicants were required to partner with a York County business or organization to develop an innovative project that supports YCAL’s mission of facilitating the development of a high quality, relevant workforce through career awareness.
2015 Innovation Grant Recipients:
       Donna Cherry, West York Area High School: Realityworks Simulation
       Diana Guise, Central York High School: Ancient Grains Course
       Jeffrey Hamme, Central York High School: High School Coffee House
       Doris King, Fawn Area Elementary School: Career Pathways – 4th Grade Career Building
       Becki McCullough & Jenell McKowen, Manheim Elementary School: York’s Promising Professions
       Josh Richard, Spring Grove Area High School: Machine Design Through Building 3-D Printers
       Tim Smith, Dover Area High School: Roving Reporter Cart/Station
Sponsors for the event included Gold Sponsor, First Capital Federal Credit Union and Silver Sponsors, Block Business Systems, Penn State York and York College of Pennsylvania
YCAL, an entity of the York County Economic Alliance, staffed by the York County Economic Alliance’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD), is a non-profit organization that works with businesses and schools to provide career education, relevant academic experiences, and work based experiences for students and educators in York County.  For more information, please visit www.ycal.us.    
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