Carlisle Center for Careers & Technology
623 W. Penn St.
Carlisle, PA 17013
TECHLink, formerly the South Central PA Perkins Consortium, will be submitting an application requesting to present at this year’s Conference on Integrated Learning: The School-to-Career Connection. The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education conducts this three day conference scheduled on November 7th through November 9th. Held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, the conference is “designed to share successful strategies that increase the academic and career and technical success for all students.”
Following the dissolution of the Consortium model in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), Pennsylvania’s statewide regional Consortiums found themselves without funding and slowly disappeared. The South Central PA Tech Prep Consortium became the South Central PA Perkins Consortium and remained a viable consortium within the region. Over the past year, the Consortium decided to undergo a major web-based and marketing overhaul. Emerging as the new “TECHLink,” and immersing itself in social media venues, our new and improved Consortium model can now serve as a hub of information for not only the south central Pennsylvania area, but for the state as a whole. TECHLink provides an abundance of CTE information, partnership opportunities, marketing options, a job clearinghouse and an all-encompassing website providing information related to career and technical education within the Commonwealth. This new social media web presence should be shared with the state and the Integrated Learning Conference is the perfect venue to do just that!
TECHLink, formerly the South Central PA Consortium, is hosting its first Manufacturing and Technology Expo at Harrisburg Area Community College’s Midtown 2 Campus on December 17th and 18th. Secondary and Post Secondary teachers from across the state are invited to participate in this unique opportunity to learn what cutting edge initiatives are occurring in the industries that there students will be entering. Statewide industry representatives are invited to showcase their company in the vendor hall, speak with teachers and answer questions about their industries. This opportunity to make connections for Occupational Advisory Committees, CapStone placements, job shadowing, internships and future employment for your students is certain to prove invaluable.
Governor Corbett has released the recommendations of the 2012 Manufacturing Advisory Council. The report lists some facts on page two about Pennsylvania’s manufacturing:
- Manufacturing employs 574,000 Pennsylvanians, accounting for 10% of the total workforce.
- Manufacturing employment has shown job creation in each of the last two years.
- Manufacturing productivity outperforms non-manufacturing by 23%.
- Each manufacturing job in PA contributes on average $131,147 to gross state product.
- The average annual compensation in manufacturing is $64,913, [a] 44.2% higher than non-manufacturing sectors.
- Manufacturing’s share of Pennsylvania exports is 90%.
- Manufacturing accounts for 70% of all research and development expenditures in Pennsylvania. Total annual R&D investment is $9.8 billion.
Some of the recommendations highlighted on page ten were:
- Develop an “Adopt a School” Program led by the manufacturing community
- Industry-led standardization of skill needs and curriculum
- Better connect job seekers with job openings in manufacturing sector
- Expand and better support career and technical education in Pennsylvania
- Support proven strategies to increase workforce pipeline for manufacturers
- Create measures and support systems for educators and school districts
To read the full report go to www.teampa.com/manufacturingcouncil.