Students

You Are A
Life-Long
Learner
You Are A
Life-Long
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Programs That Prepare You

YCAL’s goal is to help you become successful lifelong learners and to help you make informed career decisions. We encourage you to participate in the following programs:

Career Exploration Programs

Career Exploration programs consist of 30+ different programs intended to create opportunities for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to attend and explore a career path that may interest them. Hosted by a business partner that operates within the particular career, these programs are categorized as part of the Career Exploration Series (meeting after-school, multiple times throughout the school year) or the Career Exploration Day Programs which are one-day programs that typically meet during the school day.

Career Readiness Education Workshop

CREW exists to help students who may not have set a career or educational plan after high school graduation. Upon arrival at the event, students will attend their choice of three (of the 16) career cluster informational presentations delivered by a business or training partner associated with that industry. In the second half of the day, students are provided the opportunity to attend post-secondary and employment skills sessions to help students make connections and possible decisions as they approach graduation. This event is held at HACC-York Campus.

Pre-Apprenticeship

The Pre-Apprenticeship programs offer students the opportunity of a structured series of engagement programs that will help them in exploring career opportunities, build skills, and experience what an Apprenticeship Program would entail as they make their future career decisions. YCAL offers multiple Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities through our partners.

York College Students Leadership Challenge

York College’s one-day Student Leadership Challenge program allows students to explore and practice proven leadership skills through hands-on sessions. Taking advantage of opportunities to cultivate leadership skills is a distinction that will set them apart from their peers during this pivotal time in their lives. Program includes lunch, course materials, and all activities.

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Testimonials

"YCAL supports our school district's Vision and Mission in tangible and important ways at multiple levels. For students, the Career Exploration Program is a great opportunity for our students to work with a mentor in an internship in students’ specified fields. For teachers, the Career Education and Work Standards Symposium, Innovation Grants, and the Educator in the Workplace course are effective in promoting career awareness and preparation. Additionally, School Directors have an opportunity to be recognized for their years of service, to share ideas, and to network at the annual School Directors' Dinner."

- Ronald E. Dyer, Ed.D., Dallastown Area School District, Superintendent

"York Container is delighted to support innovative and hands-on development of York County’s workforce. With the benefit of the Commonwealth’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) process, all parties win!"

- Coni Wolf, York Container Company, Vice President, Business Development

"We invest in YCAL because of the direct, positive impact on the community. The organization’s programs produce fantastic results."

- Gene Draganosky, York Traditions Bank, President and Board Director