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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:

10 Career Questions Interview Series

The 10 Career Questions Interview Series is a series of brief interviews (typically about 15 minutes on average) where representatives of each of the 16 Career Clusters are asked the same 10 Questions. These videos are intended to further students’ career development through exploration of various career paths.

Career Exploration Programs

Career Exploration programs consist of 30+ different programs intended to create opportunities for mostly 10th-12th Grade students 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. for the 2021-2022 school year, there are a limited number of in-person programs. There is also a collection of nearly 30 virtual programs recorded in the 2020-2021 School Year, that are available for on-demand viewing.

Career Readiness Education Workshop (CREW)

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.

Manufacturing Days

Occurring around the time of National Manufacturing Day, observed on the 1st Friday in October, Manufacturing Days seeks to build awareness of the opportunities and impact of manufacturing in our community and beyond. The primary focus of Manufacturing Days activity involves school tours designed for high school students at various participating manufacturers in York County.


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.

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"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

"My district partners with YCAL because YCAL provides our students with real learning opportunities for real life. Our students consistently tell us that their experiences with YCAL are often the single greatest influence on their choice of a career path."

- Dr. Scott Deisley, Red Lion Area School District, Superintendent

"The York Water Company supports YCAL because YCAL inspires curiosity in the students and educators who are drawn to its many programs.  Curiosity stokes the boiler of imagination, and imagination drives ingenuity and adaptability.  We rely upon an adaptive and agile workforce to sustain our 200 year old Company, and YCAL provides the opportunity for students to explore and hydrate their curious minds so that one day they’ll reinvest their talent right here in our community."

- JT Hand, The York Water Company, President and Chief Executive Officer