The 12/12 LCSCA meeting was informative and relevant! Thank you to our presenters. Below are some notes from our presenters, as well as links to helpful sites and the attached Powerpoint presentation (attached) from our “keynote” speaker, Beth Olanoff, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Education, who shared important information about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Lancaster County Academy:
New Director, Emily Fields, shared information about LCA (the “Mall School”): LCA currently partners with ten districts in Lancaster County to provide an alternative pathway to academic success for students for whom life has “gotten in the way”. Interested students must complete an enrollment test, upon which they must demonstrate at least an 8th grade base reading level to be accepted. LCA is staffed with highly qualified teachers as well as a certified School Counselor (Deborah Schmidt), making it an academically rigorous and relevant program. This is not cyber school! The partnering school districts pay for a certain number of seats at LCA. LCA graduates earn a dual high school diploma, that includes the name of their sending school district, and they may participate in commencement ceremonies at their home school as well as at LCA’s own commencement. Hours of attendance are flexible… students are required to attend three hours per day, but they may set their own schedule between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Transportation is NOT provided, however, an advantage of being located at Park City Mall is that there is frequent public transportation available.
Katie Ferrier (Director of Admissions) and Josh Belice (Assistant Director of Admissions) spoke about the upcoming PACAC College Fair, scheduled for March 15, 2018 at Millersville. The fair will include over 100 two- and four-year post-secondary institutions, and is free to students from high schools across the county. Registration starts on or about January 10. A grant has been obtained that will allow M.U. to provide money for bus transportation for schools wishing to bring groups of students. It is primarily for juniors and sophomores. Josh provided an update on new academic programs at M.U., as well as campus renovations. Interesting factoid: Millersville produces more students going on for PhD’s than any other state school! A very special thank you to Millersville for once again hosting our meeting and graciously providing a delicious dinner for those in attendance!
The Janus School:
Janet Gillespie, Head of the Janus School, provided comprehensive information about the new Transitions program at this important school. The Transitions program at was developed to help students with special needs (i.e. Executive Function Disorder, high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Developmental Learning Differences) cross the bridge between high school and adulthood. The program is open to students who have completed 12th grade and are between the ages of 18 and 21, and offers apprenticeships, college preparation, and employment skills through the National Work Readiness program and programs such as Project Ready in Lancaster. Students can also earn OSHA certifications, and participate in internships in a variety of settings. Students who have graduated and been out of school for one to two years are eligible as well. They must have completed a neuropsych evaluation within the three years prior to enrollment. Eligible students do not need to have attended the Janus School prior to joining the Transitions program. An open house is scheduled for Thursday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Janus School, 205 Lefever Road, Mt. Joy, PA. For more information, please contact Janet at 717-653-0025, ext. 101, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Keynote Presentation on ESSA:
Finally, our keynote speaker, Beth Olanoff, provided us with the attached Powerpoint presentation and the links below. Thank you to Beth for an informative, interesting, and entertaining presentation!!
Chapter 339 Guidance Services And Audit: http://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/K-12/Career%20and%20Technical%20Education/CEWStandards/Resources/339CounselingPlan/Chapter%20339%20Audit%20Documentation%20and%20Evidence%20Guide.pdf
PDE’s Chapter 339 resources and toolkit: http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/PACareerStandards/Resources/Pages/339CounselingPlan.aspx#tab-1
State-by-state analysis of “Good Jobs That Pay Without A BA”:https://goodjobsdata.org/wp-content/uploads/Good-Jobs-States.pdf
A Comparison of the College Outcomes of AP and Dual Enrollment Students:https://research.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/publications/2014/7/comparison-college-outcomes-ap-and-dual-enrollment-students-progress.pdf
LCSCA Members were emailed the powerpoint presentation. Please contact us if you would like more information.