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CareerLink partnership helps PMHS students earn IT credits, certifications

Thanks to a new partnership with Pennsylvania CareerLink of Lancaster County, Penn Manor students are completing an Information Technology course that will earn them college credit and an IT certification — tuition-free.

Ava Ritchie, Aman Shaik, Ethan Lama and Nathan Lama have enrolled in the Foundations in Information Technology course offered by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. They are completing coursework online with a live instructor from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 18.

Upon completion, they will earn two college credits and a certification in CompTIA IT Fundamentals, which will give them an advantage when looking for a job or applying to colleges.

The free course is made possible through Penn Manor’s partnership with CareerLink, an agency that provides career training opportunities and matches workers to jobs.

Beginning this school year, a CareerLink in-school youth counselor has been at the high school once a week to work with students on their interviewing, resume-writing and financial literacy skills to help prepare them to enter the workforce. CareerLink also matches students with current job openings.

Penn Manor students who participate in the CareerLink program also are eligible to apply for the IT course, which is offered through Harrisburg University’s NuPaths program. Career Link covers the $900 cost of tuition for students who qualify. Additional courses will be offered in the future.

“We are very fortunate to have this partnership with CareerLink at PMHS, as it provides career development opportunities that our students would not otherwise be able to access,” said Melissa Ostrowski, Penn Manor’s Counseling Department Coordinator.

Many thanks to CareerLink for making this program available to our students.

From left, Ava Ritchie, Aman Shaik, Ethan Lama and Nathan Lama are enrolled in the information technology course offered through the NuPaths Program.