Penn College to hold Career Day for high school students on Oct. 15

October 07, 2004

School districts from across the state will bring students to Pennsylvania College of Technology on Oct. 15 to give them a closer look at many high-tech careers.

According to Ellen S. Auchter, career specialist for Outreach for K-12 and coordinator of the Career Day events at Penn College, some high schools travel as long as three hours to bring students to the event, arriving from Erie, Scranton, Lancaster and Indiana, Pa.

"Their teachers obviously think it's important," Auchter said of the event for grades nine through 12.

Career Day activities give students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of technical careers through hands-on activities and tours of facilities. The high school students also get the opportunity to discuss career options with faculty and Penn College students. Students most often like to know about salaries and job availability, Auchter said.

Students travel in groups with their chaperones to sessions that last between 30 minutes and two hours. Faculty lead the more than 45 activities that are repeated throughout the day, and up to 80 Penn College students assist them on Career Day, when the college is closed to classes for Fall Break.

Activities will include: using computers to design a toy; participating in the production of precision metal parts; simulating an intravenous hookup or assisting in taking an X-ray; and constructing a battery-operated LED circuit, among others.

The day is especially important for students who are interested in enrolling in technical schools like Penn College, Auchter explained. At a liberal-arts school, students may enroll without knowing which degree they will pursue, or may change their major for up to two years. But students who choose to pursue two-year degrees must know when they enroll which career path they want to enter.

Penn College offers associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees and certificates representing more than 100 career fields, and Auchter said it's important to allow high school students to see and consider options other than a traditional four-year college or university.

Another Career Day, designed for students in grades seven through nine, will be offered at the college on March 7. Career Day at Penn College is funded in part by the Central Pennsylvania Tech Prep Consortium. To learn more, call (570) 320-8003, send e-mail to careered@pct.edu or visit www.pct.edu/k12/careerday.htm

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