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Virtual Career Day proves popular statewide resource

Despite canceling the May 18 tours and hands-on workshops that are part of the traditional twice-yearly Career Day that Pennsylvania College of Technology hosts for middle school and high school students, the College Transitions and First Year Initiatives Office provided a “Career Day – The Virtual Way” resource for Pennsylvania K-12 educators to share with their students.

Working with academic schools and staff in Public Relations & Marketing, CTFYI created a web page that provides links to articles and videos about Penn College students, employees and alumni that help to inspire younger students, who are exploring career options, and educate them about the variety of opportunities available in a variety of career pathways. The pathways match the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s industry-recognized career clusters.

The site launched on May 15, in time for students to experience Career Day virtually on its scheduled on-campus date, May 18, and had received more than 2,400 unique page views through May 22.

Allison M. Savage, event and communications specialist for College Transitions & First-Year Initiatives, received more than 150 emails from educators regarding the resource.

“I have received an outpouring of interest, as well as gratitude, from our K-12 educators and administrators all over Pennsylvania,” she said.

She said educators have shared the resource with students – and some parents – as an assignment or supplemental activity, and made it available as a resource through their schools’ digital communication portals.

The link will remain available on the college’s K-12 Educators page.