Dr. Keith Dils, Dean College of Education Slippery Rock University


How Prepared are Students for the World after High School

Industry Based Learning Indicators of the Future Ready PA Index

Hosted by Slippery Rock University January 16, 2020

Highlights of the Event

140 Participants Registered that included administrators, counselors, business, community leaders.

75 school districts, organizations and businesses were represented.

95 % completing the evaluation rated the event as EXCELLENT

A presentation by: Ms. Laura Fridirici PDE and Mr. Nick Paolini IU 5/The Industry-Based Learning Indicators

A presentation by: Mr. Michael Vatter, CEO/ Career Readiness a Businessman’s Perspective

A presentation by: Margaret Rich/ Stacey Spanenburg/How MHS Prepares Students for the World of Work

A presentation by: Dr. Harvey-Smith, President PTC/Importance of Partnerships for Enhancing Career Readiness

Two Focus Groups shared their expertise on Preparing Students for the World after High School

Some comments made by participants:

HH Events, as always, professionally done, interesting, time well spent. The PA Future Ready Index as discussed was very informational—Brad Meehan, Principal Mohawk Schools

Quality presenters today. Clear information was presented. I didn’t leave more confused or overwhelmed but rather energized and with thoughts and ideas to really support our students—Amy Switzer, Counselor Redbank Valley High School

I appreciated the clarification on Industry Based Learning—Amy Lutz, Counselor Mohawk School District

I thought the Reality Fair was a great idea and I would like to implement this in our district—Alissa Pyle, Counselor Villa Maria Academy

I will take back this information and work within our faculty to implement career based credentials into our current curriculum—Andrew Carlson, Administrator Valley Grove School District

Michael Vatter’s financial literacy comments were very striking—Anne Conti, Intermediate Unit 5

I enjoyed the stats that were shared and hearing about what members of the industry had to say about employability. This was a day well spent—Tiffany Vanasco, Teacher Lawrence Co Career Tech School

The Industry Based Standards are not as challenging to meet as originally thought—Cara Gadley, Counselor Fort LeBoeuf High School

The requirements of Industry Based Standards must be done multiple ways to meet these standards based on student’s needs and interest—Michelle Dvorchak, Counselor Ringgold School District

Found interesting the partnerships with business and industry and post-secondary schools to prepare students for careers—Brian Keyser, Administrator Jamestown School District

The lengthy list of Industry Recognized Credentials that can be used for Industry Learning Based requirements, I was unaware there were so many. Looking forward to reviewing this to help our students that struggle to meet this standard through other established pathways—Toni Baldanzi, Administrator West Allegheny School District

Dispositions among employees is the number one reason why employees are let go. Social and Emotional Learning should be one of the top priorities we want our kids to know when they graduate—Laura Montecalvo, Counselor West Allegheny School District

I’m looking forward to using the Industry Standards to help students explore career readiness opportunities—Bill Deal, Administrator Freedom School District

I was very impressed by the Milton Hershey School presentation. It leads me to ponder why are all high schools not providing a similar approach—Diane Papa, Slippery Rock University

The Focus Group was very informative and provided a platform for discussions and follow up questions. Excellent Event—Kris Miller, Teacher Burgettstown School District

Great tips, worth doing every year—Scott McCurdy, Administrator Crawford Central School District

All of this happened from 10 AM to 2PM. It was an amazing 4 hours of information, reflection and active participation—Herb Hunt

The following people helped to make this event happen and are awarded a “GOLD STAR”

Mr. Nick Paolini, Assistant Director at Intermediate Unit 5

Ms. Laura Fridirici, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Mr. Michael Vatter, CEO First Choice Federal Credit Union

Ms. Margaret Rich and Ms. Stacey Spanenburg, Counselors, Milton Hershey School

Dr. Harvey-Smith, President, Pittsburgh Technical College

Mr. Vince Gratteri, Admissions, Pittsburgh Technical College

Dr. Keith Dils, Dean College of Education Slippery Rock University

Dr. Jane Hale, Associate Professor Department of Counseling and Development Slippery Rock University

Focus Group 1—Len Rich, Rob Eggleston, Laura Fridirici, Tony Miller, Ryan Jared

Focus Group 2—Michael Vatter, John Rindy, Ryan Graves, Julie Lander, Eileen Steffan

SRU Counseling Students: Emily Shaffer, Lauryn Greggs, Jonathan Saxman, Jessica Slupe, Hannah Buckley

Thank you to Slippery Rock University for hosting and supporting

Thank you to Pittsburgh Technical College for supporting

Thank you to First Choice Federal Credit Union for supporting

Thank you to Milton Hershey School for supporting

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