A team of WASD K-12 staff has been working collaboratively since last fall to evaluate and plan for a comprehensive career development program for all students in the Williamsport School District. The career program is being developed in recognition of the PA Career Education and Work Standards. These state mandated standards were enacted by the State Department of Education in 2006 and were established to help students to understand themselves – their interests and strengths and how these relate to the selection of a meaningful career path. The standards also assist young people to understand the world of work around them, how to obtain a job and keep it, and how to adjust to the changing demands in the new world of work. In June, 2009, this career planning team attended the Governor’s Institute for the Career Education and Work Standards at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
“Implementing the Career Education and Work standards is essential in showing students how the work they do in school is relevant to careers,” said Don C. Adams, assistant superintendent of the Williamsport Area School District. “Student engagement in learning soars when school work is connected to future employment opportunities.”