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State Grant Funds Work of Career Development Leaders Network

The Outreach for K-12 Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology, through its work with the state’s Career Development Leaders Network, helped to recruit presenters and plan eight conference sessions to help Pennsylvania schools implement the state’s Career Education and Work Standards.

The sessions are among 70 presentations planned during the 19th annual Integrated Learning Conference, conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education. The conference, themed “The School-to-Career Connection,” is scheduled Nov. 8-10 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.

The goal of the conference, according to the Department of Education, is to provide concurrent sessions that will share strategies and programs that prepare students for postsecondary education and careers in the global economy, enabling students to be highly skilled, better prepared, and more innovative than ever upon graduating from high school.

The Penn College Outreach for K-12 Office coordinates the Career Development Leaders Network, a group of career and technical education experts from across the state that serves as the state advisory committee to the Department of Education on career development. The work is funded for 2010-11 by a $35,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to the college.

Other tasks of the Career Development Leaders Network for 2010-11 include updating and maintaining PACareerStandards.com, an “electronic toolkit” developed by the network to provide resources, references, crosswalks and other tools to assist elementary, middle and high school teachers and administrators in implementing the Pennsylvania Career Education and Work Standards.

In the coming months, the group will focus on creating materials to support Career Pathways, offer information on options students can follow if interested in a particular field.

The group also intends to add career-development options related to Marcellus Shale careers.

To learn more about the services offered by the Outreach for K-12 Office at Penn College, visit online or call 570-320-8003.

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For more information about grant-funding opportunities, faculty and staff may contact the Grants and Contracts Office at ext. 7562 or through its Web portal.