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in your community

Preparing Students
for the Workforce
Dr. Robert F. Pleis, Superintendent - Twin Valley School District

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very school district will agree that our sole purpose is to educate
students so they may succeed in life after high school. This
is why, over the past three years, Twin Valley School District
has taken a comprehensive look at the skills our students will need,
whether attending college, technical school or going directly into the
workforce. As part of our research, we studied the job needs of Berks
County by talking to local employers and businesses and getting their
invaluable input on career readiness for our high school students.

According to Dan Fogarty, Director of Workforce Development for
Berks County Workforce Development Board, the Berks County job
market is steadily growing. Although this is good news, Dan cautions
that many of the available jobs are opportunity occupations, such as
healthcare practitioners, skilled production workers and construction
managers. And while there are many job openings with above average
wages, they usually require an associate degree. Dan further points
out that Berks County has an aging population of skilled workers,
who will be retiring over the next decade. However, the number of
potential workers with the skills and prerequisite education for these
jobs is not growing fast enough to meet the needs.
Twin Valley School District Career Pathways - Students
may choose a pathway to follow from the six clusters. The
three career clusters at the top of model are STEM (Science,
Technology Engineering and Math) related careers while the
three clusters at the bottom of the model are arts and humanities
related careers. Students do not have to follow one particular
pathway but can try several that interest them.

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National Center for College and Career Readiness
In 2015, we partnered with the National Center for College
and Career Readiness (NC3T). This organization assists school
districts in developing a career pathway model that emphasizes two
critical components for a student's career success. The first task is to
organize or breakdown a high school's extensive program of studies
into pathways based on the Pennsylvania Career Clusters. This step
helps students navigate the course selection process with a career
interest in mind. The second component is to partner with local
colleges, employers, civic organizations and businesses to provide
students with authentic experiences that match their field of interest.

Developing a Pathways Model
Twin Valley's development of a pathways model involved more
than a year of discussions and meetings between a committee of
teachers, administrators and guidance counselors, and our NC3T
partners. It became evident, during these planning sessions, that a
systemic K-12 approach would be necessary for a successful model.
The team identified three distinct phases of career development:
the kindergarten through 5th grade awareness of careers stage; the
middle school years, when career exploration becomes the focus; and



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