York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL)
The York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL) is a 501(c)(3) intermediary organization that works with businesses and schools to provide career education, relevant academic experiences, and work based learning to York County students. The mission of YCAL is to connect educators and employers to engage students in career exploration and development.
For Students, YCAL provides direct impact through the Career Education Readiness Workshop held in March, and the catalog of approximately 40 different Career Exploration Programs which are offered at different times throughout the school year. For more information on these programs, please click on their names to be taken to their informational pages. In 2017-2018, YCAL launched its first Pre-Apprenticeship Program, in partnership with the Kinsley Education Center, focusing on Construction. This program was designed to provide High School Seniors with the opportunity to build skills and explore if the pursuit of a Registered Apprenticeship is in their Post-Graduation Career Plan. YCAL added two additional Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in Manufacturing and Electrical in the following two years and continues to track job trends and opportunities to help provide opportunities to students while addressing the needs of the local workforce.
For Educators, YCAL provides several programs that assist in providing educators with career education resources to impact their students. In January, YCAL announces the recipients of Innovation Grants to help fund innovative career exploration and awareness projects, the Career Education and Work Standards Symposium to provide sample lessons and other resources to assist in the inclusion of career education in curriculum, and Educator in the Workplace, which gives educators the opportunity to learn more about the current business and employment environment and to experience business operations first-hand.
YCAL continues to grow and seek out new opportunities to connect Education and Business to engage students. If you would like to support YCAL’s efforts through financial means, or through volunteering resources to help implement any of the programs listed above, please visit the Support YCAL page on our website.
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York County Alliance for Learning