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September 2021

While summer is hopefully a time for most educators to relax, rejuvenate, and rest up for a new year - it is always rewarding to get back where we belong...working with students! So, welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year. Make it a great one!
Penn College is doing amazing things preparing students for work in Central Pennsylvania and beyond.  Watch this one-minute video showcasing some of the programs available for students.  Then check out the Virtual Career Day section of the Penn College Website for amazing videos to share with K-12 students to broaden their awareness of career opportunities.
In an April 2021 article for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) titled The Writing on the Wall, Richard T. Carroll writes, "...while high schools offer a variety of programs that help students transition to postsecondary life—be that college or career—there is general acknowledgment in education circles that more needs to be done." 

The COVID-19 Pandemic put what schools are doing under a microscope and caused everyone in education to examine what offerings are available to students. When we look closely, we may see that what worked in the past is not working now. Carroll, a high school principal in NY, shares how important it is, now more than ever, to help students connect to something they are passionate about.  He writes how one particular program for career exploration can combat "senioritis" by connecting students with experiences they invest in through internships and research in a chosen field. He maintains that while these experiences are helpful in helping students solidify a career pathway...they are also vital to helping students eliminate career pathways that they realize they do not want to pursue after some real experience in the field. 

As we embark on this new year, read the article to reflect on what you, your school, or your district is doing to prepare students for college or a career. What is going well? What can you add to what you currently offer students?
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